WhatsApp sends reminders to accept new privacy policy by May 15

The messaging app started sending in-app notifications to users remembering them to accept the new terms of service and privacy policies. It’s the new privacy policy that was supposed to be out on February 8 but WhatsApp delayed the launch as it leads to confusion and misconception about the same amongst the users.

Then, many users migrated to other messaging apps like Telegram and Signal as WhatsApp will share their private conversations with Facebook. WhatsApp issued multiple clarifications that the chats are end-to-end encrypted. There is no one other than the receiver and sender who has access to the chats, not even WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging app helps the various ways to nurture people about the new privacy policy.

Several users took to Twitter share screenshots of notifications received from WhatsApp. The notification said that “The terms and privacy policy go into effect on May 15. Please accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp after this date,”.

WhatsApp mentioned in the notification that it is not changing the privacy of personal conversations. The update makes it easier for businesses to chat using Facebook tools. The chats with these businesses are optional and are labeled in the app. The messaging app reassured in the reminder that WhatsApp cannot read the private conversations of users because they are end-to-end encrypted. They remain the way after the new update is rolled out.

The official WhatsApp wants to educate the users and fight misinformation regarding the new policies. It comes up with a new campaign to let people know about the policies that are going to change. WhatsApp said that “Today we’re sharing updated plans for how we’ll ask WhatsApp users to review our terms of service and privacy policy. We previously encountered a great deal of misinformation about this update and we continue to work hard to clear up any confusion,”.

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