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WhatsApp privacy policy in force: What happens if you do not accept it

WhatsApp's new privacy policy will come into effect from 15 May. WhatsApp has clarified that no account will be deleted for not accepting the updated policy

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WhatsApp in the early days of January 2021 sent out a pop-up notification to all its users in which they enlightened them about their new changes to the privacy policy policies. One of the statements read that WhatsApp will now be sharing its user data with its main application, Facebook and that WhatsApp headquarters will have access to your data, and a lot of people condemned this claiming that it was a breach of privacy.

WhatsApp, which was set to enforce its new data-sharing policy from 15 May following a delay in response to a user outcry revealed on its website that it would not immediately cut off users who do not accept the new terms, although it would send reminders to those who do not accept the terms.

Countering rumours and misinformation a WhatsApp spokesperson said, “No accounts will be deleted on 15 May because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks,” an emailed response to a query on Friday.

For those who choose not to accept the company’s updated terms, the will continue to show a notification asking to accept. After a period of several weeks, the users will see a persistent reminder.

At some point, users will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates, WhatsApp’s FAQ page said. “You won’t be able to access your chat list, but you can still answer the incoming phone and video calls After a few weeks of limited functionality, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.”

The flak over WhatsApp’s privacy policy described by Facebook as a misunderstanding about efforts to bring businesses onto the platform is among the latest episodes highlighting concerns over the tech giant’s privacy and data protection policies.

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