The world’s most popular instant messaging service, WhatsApp, is changing its privacy policies, and the move has sparked outrage. The upgrade, which was originally scheduled for February 8 but was later pushed back to May 15, has also sparked a lot of backlash for WhatsApp, updating the way it exchanges consumer data across its website.
While the Facebook-owned firm claims that it has little impact on the privacy of human chats, it is allowing companies to obtain consumer information to have personalized experiences.
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“You’ll be able to accept calls and updates for a limited period, but you won’t be able to read or write messages from the app,” the company wrote on the website. According to TechCrunch, WhatsApp’s mention of “quick time” implies a few weeks.
WhatsApp added that users would approve the updates after May 15, and the company’s policies on inactive users will extend in that situation. According to the guideline for inactive apps, accounts are “generally removed after 120 days of inactivity.”