WhatsApp will Restrict Features if Privacy Policy is Unaccepted

WhatsApp announced on Friday that it will restrict certain features for users who do not accept its new privacy policy.

This decision is a departure from its earlier decision, which was to delete these accounts from May 15. If you recall, the privacy policy enables WhatsApp to share user data with its parent company – Facebook. When the company announced this development earlier in the year, it generated much controversy. Indeed, many users opted to move to other chatting apps instead of accepting the policy.

Now, non-acceptance of the policy will result in limited features. First, you’ll get “persistent reminders” every time you log into the app. After a few weeks, the company will restrict access to your chat list. However, you can circumvent this if you have notifications on. You will also be able to receive incoming calls – video and voice.

Eventually, WhatsApp will disable your notifications and incoming calls, too. Unless, of course, you accept the policy.

Facebook is not the most transparent company when it comes to handling customer data. If you’re uncomfortable with this policy, consider porting to another chat platform. This article covers some of the most secure and private messaging apps.

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