WhatsApp sticks with changed privacy rules
The contentious policy — whose rollout date was pushed to May 15 from February 8 — however, remains unchanged.
In a blogpost on Friday, WhatsApp said: “We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp.”
The Facebook-owned company, in an e-mailed response, said the new in-app notification looks different from the one users saw in January and that has been redesigned based on feedback from users.
The Indian government had asked WhatsApp to withdraw the changes, saying unilateral changes are unfair and unacceptable, and that not giving users an option to opt out raised “grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens”.
It had also questioned why Indian users are being subjected to differential treatment when compared to their European counterparts where the changes do not apply.
After the public outcry, WhatsApp had decided to delay the rollout of its new policy update to May 15.
It added that in accordance with its policies, user accounts will remain active to allow them to accept the new terms of service and updates.