“In view of recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make it clear that we will not limit the functionality of WhatsApp to work for those who have not yet accepted the update,” said a spokesperson for WhatsApp in a press release at The edge. Whatsapp tells The edge that this is the plan that goes on and on.
The rollout of the policy has been a confusing mess and has raised concerns that WhatsApp will start sharing more of users’ personal data with Facebook. (Some WhatsApp user data, such as users’ phone numbers, is already shared with Facebook, a policy that was put in place in 2016.) WhatsApp pointed out that this is not the case, however – setting Policy update relates to messages sent to businesses via WhatsApp, which may be stored on Facebook’s servers.
The majority of users who saw the new policy agreed, the company says in a support article. This article also notes that you will be reminded of the new policy if you didn’t agree to it, and it still is now, WhatsApp said in its statement.
“We will continue to remind users from time to time and let them accept the update, including when they choose to use relevant optional features such as communicating with a business that receives support from Facebook,” said declared WhatsApp. “We hope that this approach will strengthen the choice of all users whether or not to want to interact with a business.”