June 9, 2021

WhatsApp Says its Users Don’t have to Accept its New Privacy Policy — for Now

WhatsApp recently introduced a revised privacy policy that’s been met with a lot of skepticism but users don’t have to accept it for now…

WhatsApp changed its privacy policy on the 15th of May. Since that time, it’s managed to garner quite a bit of push-back from users and governments around the world, alike. The Facebook subsidiary said it would not delete any user’s account if he or she didn’t accept the new policy. However, the platform would constantly remind any users who didn’t accept the new rules. Now, the company has clarified its position.

New WhatsApp Privacy Policy Temporarily Unmandated

WhatsApp now says it won’t force users to accept its revised privacy policy. And, for those who don’t opt-in, there won’t be any limitation of functionality. So, individuals who don’t accept the changes won’t experience any changes to how they use the platform. But, this is only a temporary reprieve. WhatsApp could coerce users to accept its new privacy policy at some point in the future.

“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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