WhatsApp: in the face of the controversy, the company delays its new privacy policy by 3 months




Looks like we got slapped on the fingers on WhatsApp. Strangled from all sides since unveiling the content of its new terms of service, the company is now forced to delay its implementation. Time for her to do some teaching and reassure her some 2.5 billion users.

For the past week, we've seen an unprecedented user leak from WhatsApp to other platforms like Signal (+32 million users in 72 hours) and Telegram (+25 million users). In question, and this is good news: a collective awareness of Facebook's huge appetite for personal data.


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Counter 'disinformation' about the new T & Cs

In a statement released Friday, January 15, WhatsApp noted the confusion of its users regarding the terms and conditions of use that were to come into force on February 8. Reformed TOS, which seemed to allow Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, to collect more personal data on instant messaging users.

Gladly acknowledging the concerns of users, WhatsApp nevertheless denounces the “disinformation” which would have surrounded the news. “No one will see their account suspended or deleted on February 8,” assures the company, which recalls by the same that in Europe, this update of the T & Cs actually only concerns people using a WhatsApp Business account (companies so).

But the damage is done, and the media - including generalists - have already taken over the 'new' privacy policy envisaged by WhatsApp. So, in order not to rush its users (and to let the bellows fall), the messaging announces that the new TOS will no longer come into force on February 8 as planned, but on May 15 next. Three months, during which WhatsApp will 'gradually turn to users so that they can review the privacy policy at their own pace before new options for professionals become available on May 15'.



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Three months to reassure

'We are going to do a lot more to clarify the points of disinformation on the way we work on security and respect for privacy,' WhatsApp still promises in its press release. A busy program, therefore, which is akin to winning back hearts that the recent controversy has made suspicious of.

It should indeed be noted that if, in Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) acts as an effective bulwark against these new measures and their mandatory nature, it is not the same on the American and African continents. and Asians who, of course, benefit from an additional period of three months, but only to make sense of it. Facebook needs to push for these new TOS because it needs to make its investment (the company bought WhatsApp in 2014 for nearly $ 20 billion) profitable. And without these famous features dedicated to businesses, it is impossible for the firm to monetize the messaging system to 2.5 billion users.

We remain curious about the vocabulary that Facebook and WhatsApp will use to legitimize the need to collect more and more personal data on their users. Because if we are to believe the new privacy labels recently introduced on the iOS App Store, WhatsApp and Messenger are already among the most demanding applications in the field.

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