WhatsApp is delaying its privacy policy change after public backlash
January 17, 2021

There was a lot of confusion about the announced data sharing privacy policy change.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp has announced a new privacy policy change that is coming to the popular messaging app. Scheduled to take effect in February, it details how WhatsApp can share data to Facebook without any user consent (which was previously not the case).

WhatsApp made it clear that the information that will be shared with Facebook pertains to businesses using the app, and doesn’t affect individual users. Still, this news was not welcome enthusiastically by WhatsApp users, which over the next couple of days saw most looking for alternative messaging applications.

Competing apps like Signal and Telegram have since shot up in popularity, with Signal even suffering overloads on its servers with the sudden rush of messages coming in.

WhatsApp attempted to clarify the changes, even publishing full-page ads on newspapers explaining the change. But in a recent blog post, WhatsApp now says that the privacy policy change will take place on May 15th instead of the original February 8th date.

“We’re now 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 February 8. 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 May 15,” the company said in a blog post.

It still emphasized that all your messages and calls will be encrypted, citing the end-to-end encryption that was one of the supported features of the app. The policy update will not change, but will instead have new options on how people can message on WhatsApp.

There’s a good chance that many are still confused about the policy change, so hopefully, Facebook/WhatsApp can give a thorough detail about the changes that can be understood by everyone.

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.
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