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WhatsApp delays new privacy policy as users flee to rival apps😮😮😮???

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy as users flee to rival apps😮😮😮???
Basant Singh Sisir (TECH, Tips , Tricks,Hacks & Reviews)
Tuesday, February 9,2021
By Basant Singh Sisir
(Basant Singh Sisir)WhatsApp is delaying updating its privacy policy following mass confusion over what data it shares with its parent company, Facebook.
WhatsApp had asked users to agree to the new policy by Feb. 8, but has pushed that deadline to May 15 while it further explains the changes.
WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, meaning only a message’s sender and recipient can read it, and those messages are not stored on Facebook servers. But WhatsApp is also pushing aggressively into messaging for businesses. The updated privacy policy was intended to alert users that some businesses would soon be using Facebook-owned servers to store messages with consumers. Facebook has said that it will not access those messages for any type of ad targeting, but language in the updated terms of service concerned many users who worried that Facebook would suddenly see their private message
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WhatsApp said that isn’t true, and that all private messages between friends and family members will remain end-to-end encrypted.

“While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it’s important people are aware of these services,” the company wrote. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
Last month, WhatsApp began notifying users of its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which people had to agree to in order to keep using the app after February 8.
One particular section of the policy stoked concern among users: what user data is collected and shared with Facebook, which has a lackluster track record around privacy and protecting people’s data. The confusion surrounding the update has contributed to a mass of users moving to competing apps such as Signal.
Now WhatsApp’s update won’t roll out until May 15.
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“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Friday announcing the delay.
WhatsApp’s privacy policy says the user information it collects may be shared with other Facebook companies “to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings.” However, WhatsApp previously told CNN Business these data sharing practices weren’t new.
In the Friday blog post, WhatsApp emphasized that its platform features end-to-end encryption, meaning neither it nor Facebook can see users’ private messages. It also doesn’t keep logs of who users are calling or messaging. WhatsApp said it can’t see a person’s shared location and that it doesn’t share a user’s contacts with Facebook.
WhatsApp’s privacy policy was last updated globally in 2016. At the time, it briefly offered users the ability to opt-out of sharing data with Facebook. In this latest update, the reference to that no longer available opt-out option has been removed. That means no additional WhatsApp user data will be shared with Facebook than has been in recent years. Those who did elect the opt-out option in 2016 will not be impacted.
The larger update to the policy impacts people who chat with businesses on WhatsApp. Businesses that use the app to connect with customers can choose to store logs of their conversations on Facebook hosting services. But WhatsApp said it would clearly label the chat so it’s up to the user whether or not they want to message that business.
“The update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement earlier this week, adding that the company remains “deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy.”
WhatsApp has been making other attempts to explain the policy, including by publishing an FAQ on its privacy practices.
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