Washington: One of the most popular messaging applications, WhatsApp, has decided to delay the enforcement of its disputed new privacy policies by three months, following the severe backlash from its users.
According to reports, WhatsApp updated data-sharing policy won’t be enforced until May 15, so people can “review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available.”
The instant messaging app landed itself into controversies, as it informed its users by a way of in-app alerts, earlier this month, to agree to WhatsApp new terms of condition, granting the app the consent to share some personal information with Facebook. Information like phone numbers, profile information, email address, IP address and location specifics, are believed to be included in this data-sharing policy.
However, as per new updates, WhatsApp has repeatedly clarified that the change will not cause users’ chats and other profile information to be shown to Facebook. Instead, the change pertains to business chats with a company’s representatives through WhatsApp.
As per media reports, the firm added that it “never planned to delete any accounts” based on present confusion among users, agreeing to new terms of the agreement, and that no such action will be taken in the future.
The messaging app giant recognised that there has been “much confusion” surrounding its recent update, so the company is “going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work on WhatsApp.”