WhatsApp had launched a brand new privateness coverage earlier this yr which permits it to share consumer knowledge with its dad or mum firm Fb. The messaging platform had set a deadline for February eighth for customers to just accept the brand new privateness coverage. Not adhering to the brand new phrases would have resulted within the termination of the consumer’s account. Nonetheless, owing to a powerful backlash from customers, WhatsApp prolonged the deadline for accepting the privateness coverage until Could fifteenth and the corporate ultimately scrapped the deadline altogether within the gentle of criticism that it had confronted.
Whereas customers will nonetheless have to just accept the brand new privateness coverage to make use of all of the options of WhatsApp, the representatives of the messaging platform had stated that WhatsApp is not going to delete accounts of these customers in India who don’t settle for the brand new privateness coverage. As a substitute, WhatsApp will restrict the options that they will use. Effectively, that doesn’t appear true anymore. WhatsApp has now modified its assertion saying in any other case. In response to a petition filed in opposition to WhatsApp, the corporate has launched a brand new assertion. Allow us to take a look.
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WhatsApp will delete your account if you don’t settle for the brand new privateness coverage
In accordance with a brand new report, WhatsApp has instructed the Delhi excessive courtroom that it has not deferred the Could 15 deadline for customers to just accept the brand new privateness coverage. The consultant of the messaging platform instructed the courtroom that WhatsApp will delete accounts of these customers in India who is not going to settle for the brand new privateness coverage. In accordance with Kapil Sibal, a lawyer for WhatsApp in India stated: “We now have requested customers to comply with the coverage. In the event that they don’t agree we are going to delete them… there isn’t a deferment of coverage“.
This an enormous departure from WhatsApp’s earlier assertion the place the corporate stated that it’ll not delete accounts of these customers who is not going to settle for the brand new privateness coverage. What prompted WhatsApp to alter its choice continues to be unknown but it surely appears to be like like Fb is adamant about forcing customers to just accept the brand new privateness coverage or danger getting their accounts terminated. This might be a superb time for WhatsApp customers to just accept the brand new privateness coverage or export the WhatsApp knowledge (both in a textual content file or screenshots) to create a backup of their essential chats.