WhatsApp delays the implementation of its new terms and privacy policy

18 Janvier, 2021, 03:48 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • WhatsApp puts up Whats App Status to explain privacy policy amid backlash

WhatsApp has begun sharing graphics in multiple languages detailing exactly what the privacy policy update will mean.

Just a day after messaging app Signal saw a spike in new sign-ups, its users globally faced glitches, errors and ultimately an outage.

The petitioner said the updated privacy policy of WhatsApp would adversely impact the citizens' fundamental right to privacy and is also fundamentally opposed to their representation.

It urged users to continue with the service and report any further problems. "Really nice to come back here after all that and see so many words of encouragement, and so sweet to hear the stories of what it felt like to be "without signal" online for a while", Marlinspike tweeted. "Like an underdog going through a training montage, we've learned a lot since yesterday - and we did it together".

This has invoked intense criticism from users as users are questioning how the app can show its status on their phones when they have not saved its number and saying that this is the example of its new policy.

It points out that in 2016, Germany, the United Kingdom and the entire European Union had prohibited a similar action of Facebook, which was asked to delete all data concerning WhatsApp users.

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is delaying an update aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform after a storm of concern from users who feared that the messaging platform was watering down its privacy policy in the process.

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This does not apply to users in the United Kingdom and Europe - but the notification was sent to everyone.

"Companies like Facebook affect too many people and it's important that in critical decision making involve a wider section of consumers and data protection must be ensured at all times", the science minister said on Twitter.

Users of the popular app have been scrambling to determine risks to their privacy ever since WhatsApp announced new terms of service.

WhatsApp has now changed the cut-off date to 15 May, saying it would use the time to clear up misinformation. "We'll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on 15 May", it added.

In India, downloads went from 12,000 to 2.7 million. Over that period, WhatsApp grew to serve more than 1 billion users - majority outside the United States. Telegram announced it gained 25 million new users in 72 hours.

During the same period, WhatsApp's global downloads shrank from 11.3 million to 9.2 million.

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