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WhatsApp puts new privacy policy on hold until data protection bill comes into force: Report

This update to WhatsApp's policies has raised concerns of privacy violations and led to a probe being conducted by India's competition regulatory body.  WhatsApp on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it has put its new privacy policy on hold until the data protection bill comes into force and it would not limit the functionality for users who haven't agreed to the new privacy policy, the Economic Times reported. Appearing on behalf of WhatsApp and speaking about the new policy, Senior Advocate Harish Salve said, "We voluntarily agreed to put it on hold... we will not compel people to accept." However, Salve said that messaging platform would still continue to display the update to its users, the report stated. "The commitment is that I will not do anything till the parliamentary law comes. Obviously then if parliamentary law comes, you have to fit within that law. If Parliament allows me to have a separate policy for India, I will have it. If it does not allow me, then bad luck. I will then have to take a call," Salve said, according to The Indian Express. What is the new privacy policy about? The new policies are largely expanded and better-explained versions of their existing conditions, albeit with some additions. The most notable addition includes WhatsApp’s integration into the Facebook family of products and more data-sharing with Facebook.  It allows WhatsApp to share any information identified in the policy’s extensive “Information We Collect” section. Additionally, messages to WhatsApp Business accounts could potentially…

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