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No more WhatsApp from May 15? Company’s new rule on the controversial privacy policy

Mumbai: WhatsApp has dismissed its May 15 deadline for users to obtain its controversial privacy policy update. it said, not affirming the terms will not move to deletion of accounts. WhatsApp had suffered critical reaction over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook.

A WhatsApp spokesperson informed PTI that no accounts will be removed on May 15 for not accepting the policy update. “No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks,” the spokesperson told in an emailed reply to analysis on Friday.

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The spokesperson continued that while a “majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them”, some people have not had the opportunity to do so yet.

In January 2021 WhatsApp had notified users regarding the changes in its terms of service and public policy into an in-app notification. Users were initially given time till February 8 to conform to the new terms to proceed using the platform.

The WhatsApp spokesperson said the company has 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,” the spokesperson said.

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The company moreover asserted that it will exercise every possibility to demonstrate how it preserves people’s personal information and private messages.

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