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WhatsApp's privacy policy war is over, and WhatsApp lost

WhatsApp's privacy policy war is over, and WhatsApp lost

A couple of weeks ago, news broke that WhatsApp would start encouraging users to agree to its problematic new privacy policy. And by "encourage," we mean that they would start disabling some of the app's features for users that refused to agree. It was, to put it lightly, a big freakin' deal in an increasingly ugly saga of WhatsApp transitioning to a less user-focused service. A new report indicates that WhatsApp is backing away from this contentious behavior.

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Germany just banned WhatsApp's new privacy policy, and all of the EU might be next

Germany just banned WhatsApp's new privacy policy, and all of the EU might be next

WhatsApp's controversial new privacy policy is slated to go into effect on May 15 worldwide — except for in Germany. The country has been scrutinizing the new WhatsApp privacy policy since mid-April, and a data regulation body finally decided to enforce a ban on the revision using procedures introduced with the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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WhatsApp will progressively kill features until users accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will progressively kill features until users accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp didn't start the year on a very good note as it almost instantly entangled itself in a controversy when it rolled out a new privacy policy. While the company had to push back the initial deadline to May 15, a new report suggests WhatsApp is scrapping the deadline altogether, but not without severe consequences for those who don't agree to the new policy.

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WhatsApp's new privacy policy is so bad it might be illegal

WhatsApp's new privacy policy is so bad it might be illegal

WhatsApp has been facing one hell of a backlash ever since it shared that it wanted to update its privacy policy with changes that would allow Facebook to aggregate all of its users' data across all of its services. And now, the company might be in for some regulatory issues, as well. A German privacy regulator (via Bloomberg) has opened proceedings to stop the company from moving forward with the privacy policy update.

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India wants to block WhatsApp's controversial privacy policy update

India wants to block WhatsApp's controversial privacy policy update

WhatsApp has been under fire for imposing its new Facebook-or-die privacy policy. The sheer criticism regarding this move has not only forced it to delay the implementation deadline but also caused an exodus that is seeing users flock to Telegram and Signal. Dealing yet another blow to the Facebook-owned messaging service is a letter written by an Indian government ministry that asks WhatsApp to withdraw the new privacy policy altogether.

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You have until April 26th to keep T-Mobile from sharing your personal data with advertisers

You have until April 26th to keep T-Mobile from sharing your personal data with advertisers

T-Mobile bills itself as the "un-carrier," but don't ever take a corporation at its made-up word. According to new changes to its privacy policy, the carrier (no "un") is automatically enrolling its 100+ million customers in a targeted advertising program, selling their web and app usage data to partners. Customers can opt out, but the default will be opt-in starting on April 26th.

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WhatsApp extends deadline to accept new privacy policy after people fled to other platforms

WhatsApp extends deadline to accept new privacy policy after people fled to other platforms

 

After inviting users to accept its new data sharing policy with Facebook, many people turned their back on the popular messaging platform and looked for alternatives. As a result, Signal made it to the top charts on the Play Store, promising to respect its users' privacy. Even though WhatsApp tried to reassure the crowds claiming chats and calls would remain encrypted, it's decided to give more time to people before forcing them to accept its new terms.

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WhatsApp in damage-control mode after its Facebook-or-die ultimatum

WhatsApp in damage-control mode after its Facebook-or-die ultimatum

Facebook has a long history of privacy lapses, including some more serious ones, and the mere fact that it owns some of the most widely used social media apps already concerns privacy-conscious users. While WhatsApp was still able to keep a fair distance from Facebook’s unreliable privacy practices, that fringe benefit is soon going away, as the messaging app has decided to enforce new usage terms that give its parent company more control over your WhatsApp data.

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Google adds new privacy protections for Chrome extensions

Google adds new privacy protections for Chrome extensions

It finally seems like people are becoming more aware about the importance of privacy online. Google has been working to improve its public image when it comes to user data privacy recently, including setting new privacy standards for Chrome extensions last year. Now the company is announcing an update to its developer policy that limits what developers of extensions can do with user data, as well as provides increased transparency regarding data-use practices.

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Facebook is making global privacy changes based on EU data legislation

Facebook is making global privacy changes based on EU data legislation

Facebook announced yesterday that it's going to be making policy changes for users around the world based on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although GDPR doesn't take effect until May 25, Facebook says it's rolling out the changes in Europe this week, with other regions following later.

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