WhatsApp accounts will be deleted if users don’t accept new privacy policy: report

WhatsApp tells Delhi High Court that it will delete accounts of those users who not accept the new privacy policy.

Highlights
  • WhatsApp has told Delhi High Court that it will delete the accounts of those users who do not accept the new privacy policy.
  • WhatsApp had introduced a new privacy policy earlier this year.
  • It allows WhatsApp to share user data with its parent company Facebook.

WhatsApp had introduced a new privacy policy earlier this year which allows it to share user data with its parent company Facebook. The messaging platform had set a deadline for February 8th for users to accept the new privacy policy. Not adhering to the new terms would have resulted in the termination of the user’s account. However, owing to a strong backlash from users, WhatsApp extended the deadline for accepting the privacy policy till May 15th and the company eventually scrapped the deadline altogether in the light of criticism that it had faced.

While users will still have to accept the new privacy policy to use all the features of WhatsApp, the representatives of the messaging platform had said that WhatsApp will not delete accounts of those users in India who do not accept the new privacy policy. Instead, WhatsApp will limit the features that they can use. Well, that doesn’t seem true anymore. WhatsApp has now changed its statement saying otherwise. In response to a petition filed against WhatsApp, the company has released a new statement. Let us have a look.

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WhatsApp will delete your account if you do not accept the new privacy policy

According to a new report, WhatsApp has told the Delhi high court that it has not deferred the May 15 deadline for users to accept the new privacy policy. The representative of the messaging platform told the court that WhatsApp will delete accounts of those users in India who will not accept the new privacy policy. According to Kapil Sibal, a lawyer for WhatsApp in India said: “We have asked users to agree to the policy. If they don’t agree we will delete them… there is no deferment of policy“.

WhatsApp privacy policy

This a huge departure from WhatsApp’s earlier statement where the company said that it will not delete accounts of those users who will not accept the new privacy policy. What caused WhatsApp to change its decision is still unknown but it looks like Facebook is adamant about forcing users to accept the new privacy policy or risk getting their accounts terminated. This would be a good time for WhatsApp users to accept the new privacy policy or export the WhatsApp data (either in a text file or screenshots) to create a backup of their important chats.