There are new WhatsApp privacy conditions that will arrive on May 15 definitively, after the controversy that these news have raised. Today it has been known that not accepting them will lead to great changes in the way you communicate online with your friends and contacts.
In Spain and in the European Union in general, although these conditions of use are limited by the Data Protection law governing our privacy, the terms must be accepted anyway.
The functions of WhatsApp will be limited little by little for those who do not accept the news
Of course, "if by then you have not accepted, WhatsApp will not delete your account", only that "you will not have the full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept", according to the news published today. Also, "before May 15, you can export your chat history on Android or iPhone, and download a report from your account.
If you want to delete your account on Android, iPhone or KaiOS, the company remembers that it is an action that cannot be reversed, "since delete your message history, remove you from all your WhatsApp groups and delete your WhatsApp backups ".
The situation in Europe with the Data Protection Law
Now, taking into account that in Spain, being part of the European Union, the new conditions of use, whose main change is that it will allow Facebook to share and use the data obtained from WhatsApp for its services, do not apply thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation, there are doubts about what happens to the users here. Do you have to accept the conditions anyway?
Acceptance of the new terms of service is one more process that we must complete to continue using WhatsApp. Now, as detailed by Xataka, if we are in the European Union WhatsApp cannot share the data with Facebook, despite the fact that WhatsApp has sent us notifications of the changes in the terms. Accepting the new terms and conditions of use is a mere procedure to continue using the application, but quoting WhatsApp, "your acceptance of the new conditions of service does not extend the ability of WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook, its parent company. "
Certain cases where the new policy could influence users in Spain
In the European Union WhatsApp provides service through WhatsApp Ireland Limited. That is why the above statement speaks of Ireland, in other countries it does so through WhatsApp LLC. This means that the messaging platform operates in the European Union through a separate company that is governed by the rules of the European Union.
In addition, if as a user you communicate with companies that use Facebook's secure web hosting services, the company "can see the information that you are sharing and use it for its own marketing purposes, which could include the use of advertising on Facebook"In those cases, we may see an ad for a company on Facebook with a button that allows you to send them a message on WhatsApp.