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WhatsApp’s new privacy policy: What happens if you don’t accept it today

By Saima Siddiqui 
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WhatsApp’s new privacy policy: What happens if you don’t accept it today

New Delhi: The messaging giant, WhatsApp, has reportedly scrapped its May 15 deadline for its users to accept its controversial privacy policy update and asserted that not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts. However, users who don’t accept the new terms starting today will eventually encounter “limited functionality” on WhatsApp until the updated terms are accepted.

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If you don’t accept the new privacy policy, functions like access to one’s chat list, notifications, and calls within WhatsApp will be restricted. One won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and the app will stop sending messages and calls. Those who have notifications enabled on their smartphones will be able to see incoming messages in the notification itself and reply from there for the time being.

“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. At that point, users will have to choose: either they accept the new terms, or they are in effect prevented from using WhatsApp at all,” the company told a leading daily in a statement.

To accept the new privacy policy, users will just need to tap on ‘Agree’ option that appears on the screen when they log into the WhatsApp. “By tapping AGREE, you accept the new terms and privacy policy,” WhatsApp shows this banner on the screen.

To note, WhatsApp had updated its privacy policy in January and had given users time till February 8 to accept the same in order to continue using the service. However, the platform was forced to defer the implementation of the new policy update due to severe criticism. While, the Indian government asked WhatsApp to roll back its controversial policy.

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The policy, which attracted a lot of flak worldwide, focused on addressing data sharing with its parent company Facebook, especially where business accounts were concerned, but there were no changes to its end-to-end encryption, which is present on all private chats.

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