The introduction article states that the company “does not sell or disclose any customer data, even if the information is stored on confidential servers.” This implies that users must agree to prevent the company from selling their personal data to third parties as well as agree not to use Whatsapp for illegal activities like identity theft or spamming.
The first consequence for Whatsapp users is the inability to send large group messages to other members of the group. Users will only be able to send a limited number of messages within a specific time frame, as per the timeline outlined in the “What you say on Whatsapp” section.
This restriction applies to both group and individual conversation threads. In addition to this new feature, WABetaInfo indicates that in-app notifications will no longer be displayed. However, the company does encourage customers to opt-in to receive these notifications in case they would like to see them.
The second consequence to the upgraded terms and conditions of Whatsapp is that new restrictions have been imposed in order to ensure that user data is more secure. According to the WABetaInfo article, the company has received feedback that many users agreed that they did not want to share their personal data with strangers.
The third consequence of the new features in WhatsApp is that the company will require full disclosure of all uses of the technology that may be made possible by the application. The WABetaInfo blog post explains that this will happen when users use the Whatsapp API to connect with their friends.
The company will have to ensure that they are transparent about all third party applications that can be made use of to connect with Whatsapp. In addition, the terms and conditions of the application will state that users will not be given access to the private messaging system. The reason for this is that this information was once private but was exposed due to complaints from various users.
The fourth consequence to the introduction of WhatsApp for priests is that many small businesses could be put at risk by the lack of privacy that users have when using the platform.
According to the WABetaInfo blog post, Whatsapp has received feedback from large companies that could put their IT systems at risk if their employees had easy access to their private messaging system. Furthermore, businesses that use the Whatsapp API to connect with customers may face fines should there be a breach of confidentiality.
In addition, businesses that want to sign up for the WhatsApp paid service will not have to disclose any of their personal details. This ensures that the confidential information that most large businesses collect can be easily obtained without the consent of the users.
The fifth and final consequence to the introduction of WhatsApp for priests is that it will take effect on February 2021 first after this year. This means that businesses will have to adjust their plans accordingly.
Some businesses will need to lose access altogether while others may be able to continue using the WhatsApp system as they will be forced to upgrade to a newer version. There is no clear indication as to how many people will lose access to WhatsApp though.