No Going Back on Our New Privacy Policy Update WhatsApp

In a new update on Thursday, WhatsApp has said no going back on its controversial privacy policy update which was postponed from February till May. The company said it will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a banner providing additional information.

WhatsApp said it previously encountered a great deal of misinformation about this update and it continues to work hard to clear up any confusion.

The company will continue to proceeds with privacy policy changes, but it will now communicate the consequences of these changes more effectively.

The messaging platform laid out fresh terms in January, aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform.

The policy update would allow owner Facebook and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location, which sparked a global outcry and a rush of new users to competitors Telegram and Signal, among others.

WhatsApp then moved to delay the new policy launch to May 15 from February and sought to clarify the update was focused on allowing users to message with businesses and would not affect personal conversations, which will continue to have end-to-end encryption.

However, in a new update currently being work on for Android v2.21.4.13, we can see the additional banner information been displayed.

WhatsApp cannot read or listen to your personal conversations, because they are end-to-end encrypted. This will never change.
Solution providers allow businesses to provide a better service. Chatting with businesses is optional.
Processed data in order to keep your account safe. Any information is not used for profiling the user and it’s not used to create targeted advertisements on Facebook.
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