WhatsApp said they are moving back the date 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 misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp,” the company informed.
“We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15”.
The plea will now be listed before another bench and would come up for hearing on January 18.
The petitioner has submitted that the sharing of users’ data by WhatsApp to third parties and Facebook is in itself illegal because the messaging platform can only use the information for purposes that are reasonably linked to the purpose for which the information was given.
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” the company said.
“We can’t see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Facebook”.
WhatsApp said that with these updates, none of that is changing.
“Instead, the update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” it added.
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