Whatsapp decides to postpone update of privacy policy that will allow sharing data with Facebook

"We will give more time for everyone to review our policy before May 15, 2021, the date when new business options will become available," said Whatsapp.

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After announcing that it was going to change the service's privacy policy, starting on February 8, opening the door to sharing user data from the application with Facebook, Whatsapp decided to postpone the planned changes, according communication of the company released on Friday. The update of the terms of use of the application should take place on May 15th.

At the origin of the decision will be the fact that thousands of users have started switching to platforms competing with Whatsapp, for refusing to see their data shared with the social network Facebook.

“We decided to extend the deadline for people to review and accept the update terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8, 2021. We will also do a lot of work to clear up any incorrect information about how privacy and security work on Whatsapp. Therefore, we will give more time for everyone to review our policy before May 15, 2021, the date on which the new commercial options will become available ”, informed the social network.

It was on January 4 that Whatsapp announced that would introduce changes in the privacy policy, to introduce new features in the service. One of the new features is to allow users to communicate directly with companies - and for companies to communicate directly with potential consumers - via Whatsapp

The service update is mandatory, otherwise users who do not accept the changes will not be able to continue using the application. However, the new rules were not welcomed, especially as they include an authorization for Whatsapp to share users' personal data with Facebook, even if Whatsapp users do not have a Facebook account.

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