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WhatsApp: Users who do not accept new privacy policy cannot use app after 15 May

WhatsApp announced last week that it will go ahead with the privacy update but not without providing adequate information to users


WhatsApp announced last week that it would go ahead with the privacy update but not without providing adequate information to users. The messaging has been in the eye of a storm since it announced its new terms of service of service and privacy policies. The lack of clarity forced users to migrate to other apps.

However, WhatsApp is determined to roll out its privacy policy on 15 May.

In January, WhatsApp had informed its users through an in-app notification about its privacy policy that was supposed to launch on 8 February. It had said that if users did not accept the policies, they would lose access to their accounts.

However, due to the confusion around the new terms of service, WhatsApp had postponed the launch date of its app to 15 May.

The rule remains the same even now. If users do not accept the privacy policy, they will lose access to their accounts.

The app managers have clarified that it will “slowly ask” users to accept the new terms of service “in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp” from 15 May. However, if the users do not comply with the new policies, “for a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” the company said.

The “short time” means users will have access to WhatsApp for a few weeks even if they do not accept the policies.

WhatsApp faced severe backlash from its users and many accused the service of stealing their private information and sharing them with Facebook. Addressing the concerns, the messaging app company wrote in its blog, “We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts.”

Whatsapp has launched a new campaign to ‘educate’ users about the new policies. It will now display a small banner at the top of the chat window. The app will start rolling out the small banners for users in a couple of weeks. Through the banner, the company will inform users about how the policies will change and how much information will WhatsApp collect. Users will be given the choice to first review the policies and then accept them.

The banner will appear at the top of the chat and in order to read them, users will have to tap on the “Tap to review”. Once rolled out, WhatsApp will keep reminding users to read the terms of service and then accept the new update.

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