WhatsApp New Privacy Policy Deadline Deferred


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WhatsApp New Privacy Policy Deadline Deferred

The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp and its privacy policy were under scrutiny for the last few months. Last Friday, they deferred the acceptance deadline of the new privacy policy update, which was set to expire on 15th May 2021. However, according to the news, there is no account deletion will happen for those who have not accepted. Instead, WhatsApp will keep reminding its users to accept the new privacy policy update in the coming weeks. If you are a WhatsApp user, it would be better to know about this WhatsApp new privacy policy. Also, what will happen if you don’t accept it? Let’s talk about this.

What is this fuss about WhatsApp new Privacy Policy?

First of all, let us tell you neither Facebook nor WhatsApp has the rights to look over your shoulder to see the content you share with your contacts. The news first broke at the beginning of the year when WhatsApp announced the initial privacy policy (https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/updates/privacy-policy/?lang=en) update; people around the world mistook it. Even there were memes created around this topic, assuming WhatsApp and its employees now see your messages. That particular update was all about new eCommerce implementation.

However, since this incident, WhatsApp kind of on the back foot when communicating such amendments; the recent deferment also is a classic example of that. Simply put, WhatsApp and Facebook will consider your data to show relevant ads on Facebook. 

As far as we are concerned, Facebook could have been handled the situation way better than this. The in-app alerts of privacy update notice kind of intimidating to the users. This is another reason for the controversy. Instead, it would have been nice and comprehensive if Facebook explained the changes to the users first and request acceptance.

End of the day, it is Facebook’s duty to reveal such changes clearly to the users as a responsible social media platform.

Read here how to stop Facebook from tracing your internet activities


What will happen if you don’t accept the WhatsApp new Privacy Policy?

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The rivals and users of WhatsApp criticize this privacy update for known and unknown reasons. Although Facebook postponed the deadline, they have told that this change will take place according to the plan. However, as mentioned, they will not delete your WhatsApp account if you don’t accept the policy update by 15th May. But you will lose your account, including groups, chats and content, if you failed to obey the update within the next 120 days.

If your account gets deleted after the said window, you can opt for a new WhatsApp account on the same device. However, you won’t be able to retrieve any of the content of the previous account. Starting from scratch is the only option you have. And, yes, accepting the terms will be a must for fresh accounts after 120 days.

Initially, they said that the functionalities would be limited to the users who don’t accept the new update. The message reading and sending was a part of this limitation. But, there will no such thing happen for now, and WhatsApp will keep sending you notifications reminding you to accept the update. 

Why WhatsApp deferred the deadline?

The primary reason we can assume is the growing disapproval of users all around the world. Most people, including privacy activists, say that this move from Facebook is an invasive one. By implementing this, Facebook and its related business have direct inferences about the users. End of the day, Facebook doesn’t want to lose a hard-earned crowd, and it seems they are playing the waiting game as of now.

Over the last few months, the demand for the WhatsApp alternative platforms such as Signal and Telegram has skyrocketed. If WhatsApp continue with this stand, it will lead them to lose a considerable chunk of users; before the end of this year.

According to WhatsApp, the current situation is a result of “misinformation.” And, they are thinking about reaching people to educate about the new privacy policy update. As we said, this could have been handled much appropriately in the early stages. It won’t be a walk in the park for WhatsApp to change the mentality of the people now

WhatsApp New Privacy Policy Deadline Deferred 2021


What’s next?

We, as tech enthusiasts, see only two options available for WhatsApp. One is to halt this new update and stick with previous policies (current for many) for now. Then present a suitable and new policy for the users. The next option obviously is to ignore the comments of the users and do it as they planned. This is highly unlikely as it definitely has an impact across other businesses of Facebook.

Facebook and WhatsApp are two great apps. We want to see this debate end in a satisfactory way for both Facebook and users. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Have a great day! 

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