Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp stated users can’t enjoy the functionality if its new privacy rules were not accepted before 15 May. In reverse, Facebook claimed that the idea has altered and that users who disagree with the amended policy do not really notice a limited 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,”
The introduction of the policy has been a confused mess, and generated worries that WhatsApp might begin sharing more of users’ personal data with Facebook. WhatsApp highlighted that this is not true, however—the policy amendment is related to communications that can be saved on Facebook servers sent to companies using WhatsApp.
The company said that most of the users who saw the new policy has accepted it. WhatsApp stated that if you have not accepted this, you will be reminded of the new policy, just as the present state.
WhatsApp said “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 like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.” They added that “We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business.”
In short, the users won't lose their accounts instantly or suffer shortened features, but ultimately have to perform limited functions if you do not embrace the new standards as necessary.
Previously, WhatsApp took the user privacy fight against a new IT law court, which declared that user privacy is in its DNA and that mandating messaging programs to track people's right to private is being undermined.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) urged social network sites, until May 25, to adhere by or face harsh actions, the Rules for Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Code for Digital Media Ethics).