WhatsApp announced what will happen to those who do not accept its terms and conditions in Argentina


Representatives of  WhatsApp for Latin America informed Argentina senators on June 9th that the company will not block those users who do not accept the new update of the company's privacy policy and that this new function is only intended for companies or public entities. They confirmed this after a precautionary measure by the Argentine government in which it accused the firm that owns Facebook of incurring abuse of a dominant position.

Anyway, the director of Public Policies of Facebook for Latin America, Pablo Bello, explained that the new update only refers to the channel destined to communicate with companies or public entities and it is not for personal conversations or for regular interactions via WhatsApp. On the other hand, he indicated that the company made the decision not to limit and not restrict the use of the messaging application to users who have not accepted the update of the privacy policy until May 15. Bello also clarified that the new update does not mean sharing more information between WhatsApp and Facebook and is linked to informing the user that in the channels of conversations with companies and public entities a third party or developer may intervene. will manage that communication.

It is an additional channel, it does not replace anything, it is an option for companies to have a complimentary service channel but if the user decides not to use it, these will not have effects on their account, Bello clarified and assured that it works as a call center more "like" go to the commercial office to be attended or call by phone.

The president of the Commission for the Defense of Competition, Rodrigo Luchinsky, gave details on the presentation of the precautionary measure, speaking in the second round before the senators of the commission, and considered that the potential collection of information that WhatsApp would share with other group companies. It would be necessary to determine to what extent it is contained in the fine print of the privacy policies and conditions of service, said the official. Bello replied that updating a privacy policy does not have competition effects because it does not have market effects and assured that the company collects very little data from users. Martín Becerra, Researcher at Conicet, mentioned the inability of countries to adopt legal frameworks to the operation of global digital platforms and the obligation of the legal establishment of companies that offer services in a given jurisdiction.

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