WhatsApp has announced the postponement of the application of its new privacy rules, from February 8 to May 15.
In recent weeks, WhatsApp has invited its users to agree to its new privacy terms before February 8, or else they will not be able to use the app.
Controversy over privacy rules between WhatsApp and Facebook After some online outcry over what Facebook might be accessing , WhatsApp clarified the situation last week , saying the changes would mostly focus on business use of the app.
“We would like to point out that the update of our policy has no impact on the confidentiality of your messages with your friends or your family,” WhatsApp said in an FAQ. “In fact, this update includes changes relating to sending messages to a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and also provides more transparency on how we collect and use data. “
Still, at the end of last week, the company decided to postpone these changes until May, citing a context with “a lot of misinformation” circulating: “we have decided to push back the date on which users will be asked to consult and accept the conditions.
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Signal vs Whatsapp
Signal takes advantage of the situation. Among those who took advantage of this uncertain context around WhatsApp, we can mention Signal . The latter saw so many new users sign up for its service that its infrastructure collapsed over the weekend.
“We added new servers and additional capacity at an all-time high every day of the week, without disruption, but today we have exceeded even our most optimistic forecasts,” the company tweeted . “Millions of new users are sending the message that privacy is important. ”
A little over a day later, Signal claimed that service had resumed. However, some users have seen a warning stating a “badly encrypted message” asking them to reset their session . Signal says that its next update will automatically correct this problem.