The announcement at the beginning of the year caused a stir. In the meantime, the company has extended the deadline for users. Those who do not agree will be restricted.
The announcement in January 2021 triggered a big quake: Whatsapp announced at the time that the messenger’s general terms and conditions would be changed on February 8th. Many users felt that the short term was under pressure.
The re was a real exodus and a switch to apps like Signal or Threema and numerous 20-minute readers deleted Whatsapp.
That is why Facebook – the developer of Whatsapp – has meanwhile extended the deadline for approval. This ends on May 15, 2021. “This to give users enough time to read the terms and conditions,” it says on a specially set up support site. In addition, the developer wants to draw attention to the upcoming change with banners in the chat process.
Anyone who does not agree to the changes must expect consequences. People who do not accept the terms and conditions can no longer use the “full functionality” of the messenger. What does that mean exactly? “You will receive calls and notifications for a short time, but you will not be able to read or send messages,” explains Whatsapp.
However, users still have the opportunity to consent after May 15. It is unclear whether a “no” to the terms and conditions means that the account can be deleted at a later point in time. Here the company links to guidelines for inactive accounts, which would “normally be deleted after 120 days”.
Confusion about terms and conditions
But what is the new terms and conditions all about? It is primarily about the use of the data. But after the announcement in January, confusion has spread. At first it was not clear that the changes would only affect business profiles and not private individuals. In addition, according to Whatsapp, the update does not change anything in the data regulations in Europe. According to its own statements, Whatsapp still cannot share any data with Facebook in order to improve its products or advertising.
However, many Whatsapp users are probably not aware that they agreed to a very limited exchange of data in 2016. Facebook bought Whatsapp in fall 2014 for $ 22 billion. For example, the telephone number or the information on how often you use the app flow to the parent company if you said “yes” at the time.
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