WhatsApp delays new privacy policy as users flee to rival apps

WhatsApp is delaying updating its privacy policy following mass confusion over what data it shares with its parent company, Facebook.

Last month, WhatsApp began notifying users of its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which people had to agree to in order to keep using the app after February 8.

One section of the policy stoked concern among users: what user data is collected and shared with Facebook, which has a poor track record around privacy and protecting people’s data. The confusion surrounding the update contributed to many users moving to competing apps such as Signal.

Now WhatsApp’s update won’t roll out until May 15.

WhatsApp’s privacy policy says the user information it collects may be shared with other Facebook companies “to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings.”

However, WhatsApp previously said these data sharing practices weren’t new.

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