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Other companies collect more data: WhatsApp defends its policy | India News

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Other companies collect more data: WhatsApp defends its policy | India News

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NEW DELHI: Days before the release of its new privacy policy on Saturday, WhatsApp has said that many internet-based websites and apps have similar policies with some collecting even more data.
In an affidavit filed at the HC Delhi on May 5, the instant messenger app said that Large basket, Koo, Wave, Truecaller and Zomato, as well as Aarogya Setu collects data similar to WhatsApp. It also mentions that Zoom Y Google they have similar privacy policies. This affidavit was submitted in response to a petition filed by attorney Harsha Gupta, who had argued that WhatsApp’s new policy violates a user’s right to privacy.
On Thursday, WhatsApp said YOU in an emailed statement that users will not lose functionality if they do not accept its new terms on May 15.
“WhatsApp continues to provide an important way for friends and family to stay in touch during this difficult time. While most users have already approved our update, no one will lose functionality on May 15 if they haven’t already, and we’ll make sure to provide reminders later. We want everyone to know that this update does not affect the privacy of personal messages. We are providing information on the new options we are creating to communicate with companies that people may choose to use in the future. We are grateful for the important role WhatsApp plays in people’s lives and will take every opportunity to explain how we protect people’s personal messages and private information. ”
The reassurance, however, came with a warning. The giant has said that after “persistent reminders” to users, “they will find limited functionality on WhatsApp until it accepts the updates.” “After a few weeks of limited functionality, you will not be able to receive incoming calls or notifications,” the announcement added.

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