ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (APP): Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday hailed the WhatsApp’s decision to postpone new terms of service till May after global criticism over data-sharing with Facebook.
“Companies like Facebook affect too many people and it’s important that in such critical decision making involve a wider section of consumers and data protection must be ensured at all times,” he said.
The minister’s response came just after the WhatsApp announcement of putting off its new business plans till after May stating that “no one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8”.
Soon after WhatsApp announcement regarding data sharing with Facebook, a large number of consumers criticized the decision and joined the other alternative platforms while quitting WhatsApp due to privacy risks.
In its message today, WhatsApp seemed to have postponed acting on the above deadline.
“No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May,” it wrote.
“Rest assured we never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.”