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'No One Will Have Their Account Deleted Or Suspended On Feb 8' : WhatsApp Delays New Privacy Policy Update After Backlash

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
16 Jan 2021 5:21 AM GMT
No One Will Have Their Account Deleted Or Suspended On Feb 8 : WhatsApp Delays New Privacy Policy Update After Backlash
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After a public outcry, WhatsApp has informed that it was delaying the introduction of the new privacy policy announced earlier this month."We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There's been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts", WhatsApp said in a statement released on...

After a public outcry, WhatsApp has informed that it was delaying the introduction of the new privacy policy announced earlier this month.

"We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There's been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts", WhatsApp said in a statement released on early Saturday.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp had asked users to agree to its updated privacy policy by February 8. The terms of the new privacy policy caused widespread concerns as users apprehended that they indicated a deeper sharing of personal data by the messenger service with its parent company Facebook. This led to a massive migration campaign to alternate messaging platforms like Telegram and Signal, which apparently offer better privacy safeguards. Consequently, Telegram and Signal saw a massive spike in new users.

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Taking note of these developments, WhatsApp stated that it was pushing the updation of the privacy policy to May 15. It assured that "no one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8".

"We're also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We'll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15", it said.

The messaging platform also claimed that the new update "does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook". It added that "all private messages between friends and family members will remain end-to-end encrypted".

Earlier this week, WhatsApp had published full front-page advertisements in leading national dailies regarding its privacy claims.



Read Full statement of WhatsApp :

"We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There's been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts.

WhatsApp was built on a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This means we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages. It's why we don't keep logs of who everyone's messaging or calling. We also can't see your shared location and we don't share your contacts with Facebook.

With these updates, none of that is changing. Instead, the update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data. While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it's important people are aware of these services. This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.

We're now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We're also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We'll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.

WhatsApp helped bring end-to-end encryption to people across the world and we are committed to defending this security technology now and in the future. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us and to so many who have helped spread facts and stop rumors. We will continue to put everything we have into making WhatsApp the best way to communicate privately."

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