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Mumbai, NFAPost: WhatsApp has scrapped its May 15 deadline for users to accept its controversial privacy policy update and said not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts.

WhatsApp had faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook. A WhatsApp spokesperson no accounts will be deleted on May 15 for not accepting the policy update.

The spokesperson said no accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose the functionality of WhatsApp either. “We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.” However, the company did not clarify the reason behind the decision and did not divulge the number of users who have accepted the terms so far,” says the spokesperson

In January, WhatsApp had informed users about the changes in its terms of service and public policy through an in-app notification. Users were initially given time till February 8 to agree to the new terms in order to continue using the platform.

According to WhatsApp, the key updates include more information about its service and how it processes user data; how businesses can use Facebook-hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats; and how WhatsApp partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the company products.

WhatsApp has insisted that the acceptance of the privacy policy update does not expand its ability to share user data with Facebook.

However, user backlash over WhatsApp’s alleged sharing of user information with Facebook forced the company to postpone the February deadline to May 15. The company further stated that it will take every opportunity to explain how it protects people’s personal messages and private information.

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