Interestingly, Facebook and Twitter combined has lost over $52 billion after they had banned Trump from their platforms. Following the privacy update, Signal had seen a massive spike in downloads. Both these results could have eventually led WhatsApp to delay its privacy update policy.
WhatsApp, after widespread outrage and exodus of users to Signal, was compelled to issue a clarification that the new policy supposedly did not violate user privacy and it was not going to share any personal data of users with Facebook. “We’re 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 work 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 clarified.
Assuring its users about protecting their privacy, WhatsApp said that it helped bring end-to-end encryption across the world and that it was committed to defending security technology now and in the future.
Whatsapp had updated its website with a detailed overview of what the changes in the policy of the app meant for the users earlier.
“Our Services have optional features which, if used by you, require us to collect additional information to provide such features. You will be notified of such a collection, as appropriate. If you choose not to provide the information needed to use a feature, you will be unable to use the feature. For example, you cannot share your location with your contacts if you do not permit us to collect your location data from your device. Permissions can be managed through your Settings menu on both Android and iOS devices,” Whatsapp wrote.
The Facebook-owned messaging service also expanded on how much of the data is collected automatically by the app. “We collect information about your activity on our Services, like service-related, diagnostic, and performance information. This includes information about your activity (including how you use our Services, your Services settings, how you interact with others using our Services (including when you interact with a business), and the time, frequency, and duration of your activities and interactions), log files, and diagnostic, crash, website, and performance logs and reports,” WhatsApp said.
“This also includes information about when you registered to use our Services; the features you use like our messaging, calling, Status, groups (including group name, group picture, group description), payments or business features; profile photo, “about” information; whether you are online when you last used our Services (your “last seen”); and when you last updated your “about” information,” WhatsApp added.