WhatsApp details what will happen to users who do not agree to privacy changes
WhatsApp said earlier this week that it would allow users to review the privacy update planned for implementation on May 15, and it would display a banner to better explain the changes in its terms.
WhatsApp – which is owned by Facebook (Facebook) – said in an email to one of its merchant partners, which TechCrunch reviewed; He will “gradually” require “these users to comply with the new terms” in order to receive the full services from WhatsApp.
If they continue not to accept the terms, “these users will not be able to read or send messages from the application, but the services to receive calls and notifications will continue to work for them for a short period.”
In the note to TechCrunch, the company added that the transmitted plan was clearly accurate and detailed.
The “short time” will extend for a few weeks as noted by WhatsApp, and as stated on the newly created FAQ page, which states that its policy on inactive users will be implemented after May 15th.
WhatsApp’s policy for inactive users states that “accounts are generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.”
The instant messaging service received violent reactions from some of its users – including those in India, its largest market – last month, after an in-app alert said that they had until February 8th to agree to the planned privacy terms.
WhatsApp’s privacy policies have since 2016 granted permission for the app to share certain metadata with Facebook, such as users’ phone numbers and device information.
The new terms will allow Facebook and WhatsApp to share payment and transaction data in order to help them better target ads, as the social giant expands its e-commerce offerings and looks to integrate its messaging platforms.
And WhatsApp – which has more than 2 billion users – last month delayed implementing the new policy for 3 months until it explained the terms to users who did not accept it.