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WhatsApp to Move Ahead with Its Controversial New Privacy Policy Update

WhatsApp to Move Ahead with Its Controversial New Privacy Policy Update

By – Ashwathy Nair

  • Despite India’s strong stand against the privacy policy, WhatsApp set to move ahead.
  • WhatsApp’s privacy policy update will be going into effect on 15th

In spite of India’s strong stand against the new Privacy Policy, on Thursday, it was stated by WhatsApp that it will be ‘eventually’ going to start reminding its users to evaluate and approve the challenging latest privacy policy update. Currently, the updated terms and conditions are on hold, it will be allowing WhatsApp to share some user data with its parent firm Facebook. Although, on multiple occasions, it has clarified that “it doesn’t affect the user’s privacy of messages done with friends and family in any way.” The privacy policy update will be effective on 15th May.

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform has been working in order to clear confusion as well as ‘misinformation’ around the stated update through full-page newspaper ads and status updates. Additionally, in the coming weeks, the company will start displaying a banner within the app, which will be “providing more information that people can read at their own pace.”

At the same time, the company operated by Facebook clarified how its service remained free for all users and how it paid only those who wanted to do business on the site, which is how WhatsApp makes money. It stated that “Facebook is involved in some shopping features so that companies can manage their inventory across apps.” WhatsApp stated that individual chats will be continuing to remain private as always and only those individuals who choose to engage with businesses would be at the centre of the incoming changes.

Despite the fact that there are deep concerns about privacy, in the centre of both privacy activists as well as users alike, the bigger issue is WhatsApp not offering a choice to decide on. The ‘take it or leave it’ nature of this new privacy policy update has raised concerns, and at the same time, it has made many to think of the consequences going forward. With Facebook mixed up in a series of data breaches in the past, many users are wary of this ‘mandatory’ exchange of data despite its tall privacy statements. The same reason why more and more people have been having access to rival chat apps like Telegram and Signal in the last few weeks.

India has categorically told The Company that the platform cannot randomly put in such a policy in its biggest market and that WhatsApp was obliged to respect the privacy of its largest user base. Meanwhile, the revised privacy policy does not extend to the European market because of the EU’s stern privacy rules that WhatsApp is expected to comply with — India has taken note of this.

In a statement that was given out to Financial Express Online over email, a WhatsApp spokesperson stated that “owing to confusion and based on feedback from the users of WhatsApp, the timeline of implementation of WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy policy have moved back to the 15th of May. In the meantime, we continue to communicate with the Government and are grateful for the opportunity to address questions that we got from them. It is conveyed that they continue to protect the privacy of personal conversations across India and it continues with an attempt to ensure that WhatsApp will be remaining to be a safe and secure platform for everyone to engage on.”

 “Recognising our responsibility towards boosting customer education and awareness, it continues to build integrated programmes around user security, integrity and digital literacy across the country. It will continue to help provide a safe and efficient way for people to connect and for companies to expand and thrive.”

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