WhatsApp backtracks on new privacy policy

Your account will no longer be suspended if you don’t agree.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp has informed users that it is introducing a new privacy policy that will let users know that it will now begin sharing data with Facebook without the option of opting out. The new policy was originally going to take place last February, but the numerous objections forced Facebook to delay the changes to this month.

Facebook offered a detailed explanation of the changes, saying that the data exchanged will only pertain to user messaging with business and that personal chats will still remain encrypted. Many aren’t still convinced with this explanation and explicitly said that they won’t agree to the terms. This led to Facebook stating that users might lose functionality on WhatsApp if they don’t agree to the new privacy policy.

Fast-forward to today, and Facebook’s new May 15 deadline for accepting the new terms is nearing, but it looks like the company is backtracking on what it has originally stated. A report by The Next Web stated that Facebook will no longer deactivate accounts that won’t agree to the new policy, but it will instead keep constant reminders about it.

This somehow confirms that Facebook is giving an indefinite time for users to agree to WhatsApp’s new privacy policy. While it will no longer deactivate your account for not agreeing, there’s a good chance that it will constantly bombard you with reminders about it – an annoyance that we may have to endure.

Alternatively, there are now better and more secure messaging platforms available as an alternative to WhatsApp and even Facebook Messenger. Apps like Telegram and Signal offer the same encrypted chat support but have explicitly stated that user data is not shared.

What do you think about WhatsApp’s new user policy? Will you be considering changing to a different messaging app or continue using WhatsApp? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.