According to the Ministry of Information Technology and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), users who have not accepted the new policies by February 8, 2021, will not lose their accounts, but will need to agree to the updates in order to use their account.
The ministry has stated that reference to on-going news threads by national media and social media platforms regarding change in privacy terms and conditions of WhatsApp, the Ministry of IT and Telecom is monitoring the current developments and clarifications provided by Facebook Inc in this regard.
It is brought to notice that subject changes in privacy are applicable on WhatsApp business account only, while regular non-business/individual profiles/accounts are not affected.
The MOIT&T emphasised that all such digital social media platforms including WhatsApp administration to adhere by privacy rights of citizens of Pakistan.
In this regard, all such digital platforms need to strengthen their engagements with the Government of Pakistan, so that concerns of the general public and businesses can be well addressed by all means.
Further WhatsApp is making it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business (using WhatsApp Business API) directly on WhatsApp. This change helps reduce onboarding time for businesses from a matter of weeks or months to a matter of minutes.
Users will be notified within a chat with a business that has chosen to use Facebook or a third-party to manage their WhatsApp messages, so they can choose whether to interact with this business.
Once a user starts using WhatsApp to send messages to businesses using WhatsApp for Business App, the shopping data can be shared with merchants and Facebook to improve their services. It doesn’t mean you will see ads on WhatsApp.
This has zero impact on private messages and calls with your friends and family - no one can read them except you and the person you are communicating with - not even WhatsApp or Facebook.
For the limited categories of data WhatsApp does collect, it takes measures to restrict access to that information. While you may grant WhatsApp access to your contacts to help deliver the messages you send, WhatsApp does not share contact lists with anyone, including Facebook.
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