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WhatsApp’s new data privacy policy delayed

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Facing in-tense criticism worldwide amid a court case in India, WhatsApp has deferred its new data privacy pol-icy by three months. “No one will lose his or her account from February 8 for not accepting the up-dated terms of service,” the Facebook-owned platform said Saturday. 

WhatsApp said they are mov-ing back the date by three months to May 15 on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. “No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8 We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the mis-information around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp,” 

the company informed. “We’ll then go to people gradu-ally to review the policy at their own 

pace before new business options are available on May 15.” WhatsApp earlier sentnotifi-cations to millions of its users in India, saying it is changing its privacy policy and users will have to “agree and accept”

 if they plan to keep using the app post-February 8. In continuation of its tirade against WhatsApp for its new pri-vacy policy the Confederation of All India Traders (GAIT) Friday sent another communication to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,

 stating that the Facebook-owned in-stant messaging app had recently issued some media advertisements trying to hold its privacy policy justified which is nothing but a hogwash. “In their eagerness to obtain more maximum data of peo-ple, WhatsApp is all set to launch its new privacy policy from 8th February and is obtaining forcible consent of users which is uncon-stitutional, violation of law and poses a threat to national secu-rity” the CAIT said in a statement. 

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