A WhatsApp spokesperson told The Verge that the company has decided not to limit the app’s functionality after discussing the matter with authorities and privacy experts. Here’s what he said in a statement,
“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”.
On WhatsApp’s updated support page, the company claims that the most of users who have seen the update have accepted it. And this seems to be a temporary decision, as the company said that it doesn’t ‘currently’ have plans to limit the app functionality for those who have not accepted its privacy policies.
Initially, the deadline to accept was for February, but the company pushed that date back to May 15 after being criticized by lawmakers, consumer rights advocates, and its own users. The main issue is how this updated policy lets WhatsApp handle its user’s data, raising concerns that it would begin giving that information to its parent company, Facebook.
In the FAQ page, the company claimed that this new policy primarily affects business messaging and Facebook will not have access to user’s location data or message logs.