Whatsapp new privacy policy delayed after massive backlash

We are now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms: WhatsApp

Short messaging service WhatsApp announced that it will delay by three months the implementation of a new privacy policy after it has faced massive backlash with tens of millions of its users moving from the platform to rivals like Signal and Telegram. The policy change was originally scheduled to come into effect on 8 February but now it delayed.

WhatsApp released a blog stated: "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." It also said "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."

The company said it was 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 8 February. 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 15 May", the company said.

The company is trying to clear up the confusion, and it included a chart that specifies what information is protected when someone uses WhatsApp.Facebook executives, including Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, also used Twitter to try and clear up the confusion. WhatsApp says it is now going to use the three-month delay to better communicate both the changes in its new policy and its long-standing privacy practices around personal chats, location sharing, and other sensitive data. "We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms," the company blog says.

The company said no one will be losing access to the app if they didn’t agree to the new terms of service agreement that communicated the changes earlier this month. "We are 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 added. 

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