WhatsApp scraps May 15 last day for accepting privacy policy terms

WhatsApp has scrapped its May 15 deadline for users to accept its privacy policy update and told not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts. WhatsApp had met severe reaction over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook.

A WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI that no accounts will be deleted 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 replied in an emailed response to a query on Friday.

The spokesperson added that while a "majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them", some people have not had the chance to do so yet.

However, the organization did not clarify the reason behind the decision and did not disclose the number of users who have accepted the terms so far. In January this year, WhatsApp had informed users about the changes in its terms of service and public policy through an in-app notification. Users were initially given time till February 8 to agree to the new terms to continue using the platform.

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Posted in Tech News on May 07, 2021


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