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‘Committed to privacy’: WhatsApp to India after saying it will go ahead with policy update

WhatsApp issued a statement within hours of announcing that it plans to go ahead with its plans to roll out its controversial privacy policy update.

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp on Friday said it conveyed to the Indian government its commitment to protecting personal communications across India.

“Due to misinformation and based on feedback from our users, we have pushed back the timeline of acceptance of WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy policy to the 15th of May. In the meantime, we continue to engage with the government and are grateful for the opportunity to answer questions that we received from them,” said WhatsApp in a statement

The statement was issued within hours of announcing that it plans to go ahead with its plans to roll out its controversial privacy policy update. Earlier today, the company announced its decision to go ahead with the update despite massive backlash from users who switched to other platforms such as Telegram and Singal in retaliation.  

”We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp,” it added.

“As a reminder, we’re building new ways to chat or shop with a business on WhatsApp that are entirely optional. Personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them,” the statement further said. 

WhatsApp privacy update controversy 

The messaging platform got a barrage of questions from the Indian government after it updated its privacy policy and said users had until February 8 to give permission for the same in order to continue using the app.

As per the new privacy policy, WhatsApp sought its users’ permission to share limited data with its parent company Facebook and group firms. This caused widespread panic over the nature of data that WhatsApp intends to share. This caused a global and users shifted to other messaging platforms in droves forcing the company to postpone the update till May 15.     

The company clarified that it will not read users’ personal chat or share the same with third parties.

“Your personal conversations are still protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, can read or listen to them,” it said in a statement clarifying that information sharing will instead pertain to users’ interaction with businesses. 

The updates related to optional business features are a part of our broader efforts to make communicating with a business secure, better, and easier, it clarified. The changes pertain to enabling customer service, discovering business.

It is to be noted that users in the European Union have the option to opt out of the update but not elsewhere. 

Source :- timesnownews.com


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