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WhatsApp privacy policy: Why it won’t limit functionality anymore

Now, those who still haven't accepted the 2021 privacy policy can continue to use the messaging app without losing any functionality. 

By: Tech Desk | Lucknow |
Updated: May 30, 2021 8:39:26 am
WhatsApp may soon make some small UI changes to its app (Reuters Photo: Thomas White)

WhatsApp now won’t limit the functionality of the messaging app if you don’t accept the new privacy policy. This is good news for those who were still not ready to accept the new update. Earlier this month, the Facebook-owned company asserted that users will start losing access to most of the features if they fail to accept the policy after May 15.

Now, those who still haven’t accepted the 2021 privacy policy can continue to use the messaging app without losing any functionality. “Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Verge. The company also said this “is the plan moving forward indefinitely.”

In a blog post, WhatsApp confirmed that the majority of users who have seen the new privacy policy update have already accepted it. Furthermore, those who still haven’t accepted the policy will continue to get reminders.

“We’ll continue to display a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update and reminding those who haven’t had a chance to do so to review and accept. We currently have no plans for these reminders to become persistent and to limit the functionality of the app,” WhatsApp said.

The new policy is about the messages you sent to businesses via WhatsApp will be shared with Facebook too. This basically means that messaging a business on WhatsApp is not the same as one-on-one chat with your friends and family. The personal chats will remain private and no one can access them as the platform is end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp has even clearly mentioned that it won’t delete your account if you don’t accept the update.

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