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WhatsApp sets the record straight regarding new privacy policy

by Yvonne Ng
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WhatsApp has not given up on implementing its new privacy policy; however, the company is trying to set the record straight and explain what the change is and how it will affect users.

New privacy policy first announced in January

The privacy policy was first announced on January 4, 2021; WhatsApp wrote on its blog that users will have to agree to its terms and privacy policy if they want to continue using the messaging app. However, this caused a backlash which led to WhatsApp delaying its new policy.

WhatsApp is reassuring users again and again

The policy is once again delayed — this time to May 15 — so that users have more time to accept the incoming policy. WhatsApp also posted a tweet few hours back to reassure users that their privacy will not be compromised. On its blog, WhatsApp said, “We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. The changes are related to optional business features on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”

Personal conversations will not be affected

WhatsApp also confirms that neither them or Facebook will get access to personal messages and calls. They also don’t have access to your shared locations, contacts; and if you’re still worried, you can also set disappearing messages.

However, the new policy will affect those who message business accounts; by using Facebook’s hosting service, Facebook will get some data including chats between customers and business owners for marketing purposes.

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