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WhatsApp announces that it will postpone the update of its privacy policy until May after the controversy unleashed

27 mayo, 2021

A few days ago, WhatsApp informed its users through an alert in its application that they should accept the new terms of use of it … terms of use that gave the app permission to share personal data (like phone number and location) with Facebook.

After negative reactions from the user community, which among other things has resulted in a massive boom in privacy-focused alternative messaging apps, WhatsApp has just announce the postponement of the entry into force of its new privacy policies for three months.

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WhatsApp wants to “clear up the misinformation”

Thus, the reform in data sharing of the leading application in the field of instant messaging will not apply until May 15, so that users can “review the policy at their own pace before new business options become available.”

Those responsible for WhatsApp affirm that they did not plan to delete any account in the event that users did not accept the new terms of use, and ruled out that such measures will be taken in February, as was feared.

Likewise, they ruled out that the new privacy policies of the app will cause chats and / or information of WhatsApp users are displayed on their Facebook profiles:

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We will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages.

Recognizing that, these days “there has been a lot of confusion” around its recent update, WhatsApp now affirms that they will do their best “to clear up misinformation about how privacy and security works” of the app.