• Facebook tries to explain the WhatsApp privacy changes one more time

    Facebook will place a banner atop WhatsApp to explain the new privacy policy changes coming in mid-May.
    WhatsApp will share some data with Facebook over, and the privacy changes are mandatory. Millions of people downloaded Signal and Telegram in the past few weeks after WhatsApp announced the imminent changes.
    Facebook’s new banner will explain that WhatsApp will retain all its end-to-end encryption protections. The new mandatory privacy changes cover the optional chats that people might have with businesses in the future.
    It’s mid-February, which means a brand new privacy policy should have governed Facebook’s WhatsApp instant messaging app by now. All WhatsApp users received prompts to agree to the changes in early 2021, with WhatsApp informing users the changes would go into effect on February 8th. Facebook never gave users the option to opt out of data sharing, and the only way to continue using WhatsApp once was to agree to the data sharing. What followed was an unexpected backlash at Facebook, with millions of users downloading competing apps. Signal and Telegram saw record numbers of new users in the weeks that followed, forcing Facebook to delay the WhatsApp privacy policy change to May 15th.

    Facebook said it would give users more time to understand the upcoming changes while clarifying that the WhatsApp end-to-end encryption security features aren’t going away. Facebook never explained clearly what data WhatsApp will share with Facebook and why sharing is mandatory. Facebook hasn’t given up explaining the new privacy policy, and WhatsApp users will now see a banner on top of their chats that delivers more information about the upcoming change. However, it’s not all the information.

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    Facebook tries to explain the WhatsApp privacy changes one more time originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 19 Feb 2021 at 07:31:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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