LAST UPDATED: May 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
New Delhi (Anish Yande): WhatsApp has responded to privacy-policy claims in response to a petition filed in the Delhi High Court. The messaging service stated that many other websites and apps have policies similar to WhatsApp’s updated policy.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has alleged that privacy policies of companies including Zomato, Koo, Ola, Big Basket, and Truecaller have privacy policies similar to WhatsApp’s updated policy. WhatsApp stated that some companies collect more data as compared to the data that WhatsApp would collect.
WhatsApp also alleged that the government’s contact tracing app Aarogya Setu collects more data as compared to WhatsApp.
WhatsApp users to get limited functionality mode if they do not accept terms:
The messaging app had faced backlash from users for the controversial privacy update. Initially, WhatsApp had provided users till February 8 to accept the terms.
Following the backlash, WhatsApp revised its deadline for accepting the terms to May 15. According to a spokesperson from WhatsApp, accounts of users would not be deleted if they did not accept the terms. However, the users who do not accept the new policy would keep receiving more frequent reminders regarding the policy.
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