WaBetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp's features, revealed that users residing in specific countries, such as Germany and Argentina, got an extension.
Earlier in May, Germany’s lead data protection regulator had called WhatsApp’s new terms of service “illegal”.
Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany had previously said that Facebook has no legal basis for processing WhatsApp user data.
What About India?
In an FAQ, WhatsApp noted that it will not delete the accounts of users who do not accept the new terms of service by the 15 May deadline but will keep notifying the users to accept its privacy policies.
“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
“We’ll continue to display a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update and reminding those who haven’t had a chance to do so to review and accept. We currently have no plans for these reminders to become persistent and to limit the functionality of the app,” the spokesperson added.
WhatsApp Obtaining Trick Consent By Pushing Notifications: Centre
IT Rules Will Break Privacy Protection
Earlier, in May, WhatsApp moved the Delhi High Court on the ground that the new IT rules would cause the platform to ‘break privacy protections’.
WhatsApp is worried that the social media intermediary IT rules will go against its 'end-to-end encryption' stance that pledges to never read or store messages on their servers, resulting in a stalemate between the company and government.
The Centre had proposed to assign alphanumeric hashes to WhatsApp messages so that originator of every message can be traced back.