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WhatsApp's privacy policy updated; accept terms of services or lose account

By Gitanjali Mangal -- January 06, 2021 5:00 pm -- Updated:January 06, 2021 5:47 pm

As part of an upcoming global roll-out for over 2 billion users, WhatsApp asked millions of Indian users to either accept the changes in its Terms of Service and privacy policy by February 8 or their accounts will be deleted.

The in-app notification did not show many details but clicking on the links clearly mentioned the key changes in how WhatsApp will collect and process users' information going forward, and the partnership with Facebook, its parent company, as part of a larger unification drive between the family of apps.

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The updated policy read, "WhatsApp must receive or collect some information to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services, including when you install, access, or use our Services,"

Adding, "Businesses you interact with using our Services may provide us with information about their interactions with you. We require each of these businesses to act in accordance with applicable law when providing any information to us,"

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WhatsApp's new Terms of Service and privacy policy will come into effect on February 8.

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