“To give you enough time to review changes at your own pace and convenience, we’ve extended the effective date to May 15th. 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,” a WhatsApp FAQ page said.
Meanwhile users will have the following options, as pointed by WhatsApp in its FAQ Page:
- Users can still accept the updates after May 15th. WhatsApp policy related to inactive users will apply.
- Before May 15th, users can export your chat history on Android or iPhone, and download a report of your account. If they would like to delete your account on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS, WhatsApp hopes that the users reconsider.
WhatsApp said that in the coming weeks, it will display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace.
Notably, WhatsApp has asked users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8. The policy was, however, put on hold till May 15 due to a massive backlash by the users.
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