By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 19, Jan 2021, 11:26 am IST | UPDATED: 22, Jan 2021, 9:41 am IST
New Delhi: WatsApp has posponed the rollout of its controversial new update amid protests from users. People will now have three extra months to agree to its new rules, the company said. WhatsApp has committed to try and distribute more information about the rules in advance of the deadline in the hope of dispelling what it says is “misinformation”. But the content of the new policies –which have led users to flee to other messaging apps and forced WhatsApp to take out full-page newspaper ads – will not change.
Users had originally been told they had to agree to the new rules by 8 February, or face having their accounts suspended or deleted.Instead, users will have until 15 May before they are forced to agree to the rules, in the hope that they can “review the policy at their own pace”.
In the meantime, the company will “do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp”.
The court also said that if the terms and conditions of most mobile apps are read, "you would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to".
"Even Google maps captures all your data and stores it," the court said.
The court further said it could not understand what data would be leaked according to the petitioner and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25 due to paucity of time on Monday.
The central government also agreed with the court that the issue needs to be analysed.
WhatsApp and Facebook, represented by senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi, told the court that the plea was not maintainable and many of the issues raised in it were without any foundation.
They further told the court that private chat messages between family and friends would remain encrypted and cannot be stored by WhatsApp and this position would not change under the new policy.
Under the new policy, users can either accept it or exit the app, but they cannot opt not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third party apps.
The lawyer appearing for the petitioner claimed that the option not to agree with the new policy was given to users in European nations, but not in India.