Despite Criticism, WhatsApp Continues With The New Privacy Policy

WhatsApp will continue to implement the new privacy policy announced in January despite criticism. Users must accept the new terms if they wish to continue using the chat app. In January, WhatsApp suddenly showed users a message that a new privacy policy is coming and users must accept this in order to continue to communicate via WhatsApp.

The conditions mainly affect users from outside the European Union. Facebook will soon be allowed to collect their data, such as telephone number and location. The Turkish Ministry of Defense decided to stop using WhatsApp due to the conditions and the Indian government asked WhatsApp to withdraw its announced privacy policy. The chat service decided to move the effective date from February 8 to May 15, but this postponement will not be canceled.

In the coming weeks, WhatsApp will display a banner to users with more information about the new privacy policy. Users will then be prompted to accept the terms if they wish to continue using WhatsApp. Other chat apps such as Signal and Telegram have seen the number of users increase by tens of millions since the outbreak.

"Other apps say they are better because they know less information than WhatsApp. We think people are looking for apps that are both reliable and secure, even if WhatsApp requires limited data," the chat service said in a new blog post

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