The main question still stands, what happens if you decide not to accept the new update? Whatsapp has made it clear that no accounts will get deleted if the update gets dismissed. The company owned by Facebook clarified that this would limit functions to those users, adding that this will not happen all at once:
- First, you will lose the ability to send or receive messages
- Second, you will lose access to your chat list
- Lastly, you will lose the ability to address missed regular or video calls
One more question arose concerning the loss of an account. The policy states that all accounts that are inactive for more than 120 days get deleted. If it takes you too long to authorize or connect, your conversations and other data could be lost. If you reinstall it later, the only recovered data is the one already stored in your device.
Ben Givon answers the focal question concerning these privacy changes. Some of the new guidelines include the ability to contact businesses on the platform faster when compared to email or phone and different ad displays. Nonetheless, the most controversial change of all is the change in data sharing. The company clarified these changes only apply to business accounts. They do not expand WhatsApp’s ability to share individual user data with parent company, Facebook. Lastly, now that we’ve covered all of the ups and downs of these novice privacy changes, Ben Givon advises you to consider if you are compliant with them. If you ultimately decide not to accept, is it worth losing the entire app experience altogether? You can always go with a similar app, as some users did by switching to Telegram or Signal. Whichever you decide, keep in mind that end-to-end encryption is still protecting personal conversations and media, which implies that no one outside the chat can read or listen, not even WhatsApp nor Facebook.