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WhatsApp Delays Controversial ‘Data-Sharing’ Privacy Policy Update By 3 Months

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WhatsApp said on Friday that it wouldn’t enforce its recently announced controversial data sharing policy update until May 15.

Originally set to go into effect next month on February 8, the three-month delay comes following “a lot of misinformation” about a revision to its privacy policy that allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook, sparking widespread concerns about the exact kind of information that will be shared under the incoming terms.

The Facebook-owned company has since repeatedly clarified that the update does not expand its ability to share personal user chats or other profile information with Facebook and is instead simply providing further transparency about how user data is collected and shared when using the messaging app to interact with businesses.

“The update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” WhatsApp said in a post.

“While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it’s important people are aware of these services. This update does not expand our ability to share data with…

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