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WhatsApp Again Postpones Privacy Policy Deadline, but Outrage Remains Strong in India

By Aishwarya Jagani

WhatsApp said last week that it was again delaying the deadline for users to accept a new privacy policy that barred them from opting out of sharing data with parent company Facebook.

The company said in a May 7 statement that users would not lose functionality if they failed to accept the new policy by Saturday. The change, first announced Jan. 4, had required users outside the EU to accept the new policy by Feb. 8.

After a global outcry — and accusations from the Indian government that the policy unfairly singled out more than 450 million users — the deadline was pushed to May 15.