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New WhatsApp privacy policy: users who do not accept will lose some app's features

WhatsApp decided to proceed with the update and set a new date for users to accept the new terms at risk of having the service restricted: May 15th

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After all the controversy due to the update of the privacy policy proposed by WhatsApp, which caused a stampede of users for rival messaging apps, such as Signal and Telegram, and led WhatsApp to postpone the date of implementation of the updates, the app finally decided to proceed with the update and set a new date for users to accept the new terms at risk of having the service restricted.

As announced by the company, users have until May 15th to accept the new privacy policy. Users who do not agree will no longer be able to use some features of the app indefinitely.

“If you haven’t accepted by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t have full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept. For a short time, you’ll be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app”, said WhatsApp in its FAQ page.

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What will happen to users after this restricted use period? It is not clear. But the WhatsApp FAQ page states that, as of May 15, the “inactive users” rule will apply, which consists of deleting accounts after 120 days of inactivity.

To remember all the controversy about WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, read Rodrigo Ghedin’s analysis for LABS.