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WhatsApp privacy policy: No accounts will be deleted for not accepting update by May 15, 2021

Lawstreet Journal 10 May 2021 11:12pm

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Friday, May 7, 2021, said that no user account will be deleted for not accepting its privacy policy update, scrapping the deadline for which was set as Saturday, May 15, 2021. The messaging platform is facing a probe by the Competition Commission of India on the policy update, with the anti-trust watchdog taking exception to the company's 'take-it-or-leave-it' approach.

WhatsApp had announced a controversial policy update in January 2021 which said that it would be compulsory for users to accept or their accounts would be blocked. The policy update entails more sharing of data between WhatsApp and Facebook, especially user chats with business accounts on the platform. WhatsApp has been reiterating that the policy will not affect privacy of users' personal messages. The update was originally to come into effect on February 8, but was pushed to May 15 following a major backlash.

In a statement made by WhatsApp, it said that a majority of users who have received the new terms have accepted it, and that it would continue to send reminders to those who have not.

"We've spent the last few months working to clear up confusion and misinformation. As a reminder this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone. Our goal is to provide information about new options we are building that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp, in the future. While the majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them, we appreciate some… Continue Reading...


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