As an alternative of February 08 2021, WhatsApp will introduce the brand new coverage from Might 15, 2021
The corporate added that no customers may have accounts suspended or deleted on February 08
WhatsApp additionally mentioned it could permit individuals to assessment the privateness phrases until Might 15
With controversy and debate about messaging apps and privateness raging world wide and significantly in India, WhatsApp has determined to delay its privateness updates for enterprise chats by three months. As an alternative of February 08 2021, WhatsApp will introduce the brand new coverage from Might 15, 2021. The corporate added that no customers may have accounts suspended or deleted on February 08.
Within the meantime, the corporate mentioned, it could permit WhatsApp customers and others to assessment the privateness phrases until Might 15. As soon as once more, the messaging app emphasised that the brand new privateness choices are solely enabled for chats between companies and customers and never one-on-one or group chats between people.
“Whereas not everybody outlets with a enterprise on WhatsApp right this moment, we expect that extra individuals will select to take action sooner or later and it’s vital individuals are conscious of those companies. This replace doesn’t increase our capability to share knowledge with Fb,” WhatsApp mentioned in a weblog submit.
As per its contentious privateness updates, WhatsApp will share consumer knowledge, together with location, cellphone quantity, contacts record and utilization sample, with Fb and its group firms equivalent to Instagram and Messenger, for conversations between customers and companies. India is WhatsApp’s largest market with over 400 Mn customers as per the numbers revealed by the corporate final yr.
Amid the raging controversy, the Indian authorities is reportedly seeking to examine WhatsApp and look at the potential privateness violations occurring due to WhatsApp’s new replace.
Many customers have advocated an en masse migration to various messaging platforms equivalent to Telegram and Sign. The general public sentiment shifting in opposition to WhatsApp can be indicated by way of app obtain figures. Based on knowledge from Sensor Tower, between January 6 and 10, Sign racked up 2.three Mn downloads whereas Telegram noticed 1.5 Mn new downloads and installs throughout the identical interval. In comparison with the 5 days prior i.e. January 1-5, Sign noticed its India downloads develop by 9,483%, whereas Telegram’s downloads grew by 15%.
WhatsApp’s downloads have fallen by 35% after it up to date its privateness coverage to state that it could share consumer knowledge with guardian firm Fb and its group firms, together with Instagram. The messaging platform recorded 1.three Mn new downloads between January 6 and 10, down from 2 Mn between January 1 and 5.