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WhatsApp defers privacy policy update by three months, buys time to deal with fallout

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After facing considerable backlash and finding itself in the middle of a heated debate about privacy, WhatsApp has deferred the application of its updated privacy policy by three months. The Facebook-owned messaging app had sent notifications to its users, telling them they would have to accept the new policy updates by February 8 if they wanted to continue using WhatsApp — users now have till May 15 to accept the new terms. WhatsApp said in a blog post that it was giving users more time to review the updates. It added that no account would be suspended or deleted on February 8 for not accepting the new terms. The company will then alert people "gradually", asking them to review the policy at their own place. "We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We're also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15." — WhatsApp  Once again, WhatsApp repeated that the privacy policy updated had no impact on the security of personal or group messages. It said that it can't see neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see private messages. However, as we have noted before, the security of personal or group messages was never under…

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