WhatsApp owner Facebook is pushing privacy policy acceptance prompts in WhatsApp currently to users of the messaging application that have not accepted the new policy yet.

WhatsApp extended the deadline for the acceptance of the new terms and privacy policy after the story went viral in the media. Facebook published FAQs in an attempt to convince users to accept the new terms and privacy policy of the service.

If you have not given your acceptance by now, you may be interested in the consequences of doing so. WhatsApp will tighten the screws in the coming weeks and months to get users to accept the privacy policy and terms. Accounts won't be deleted according to the company, at least not right away.

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WhatsApp users who have not accepted the new policy will see a persistent reminder when they open the WhatsApp client on their devices.

Users who don't accept the updates then will have functionality reduced and removed from the client, until they do so.

In the first wave, users will no longer be able to access their chat list anymore. WhatsApp notes that it is still possible to answer incoming phone and video calls. With notifications enabled, it is furthermore still possible to respond to messages or call back in case a video or phone call was missed.

A few weeks afterwards, users won't receive calls or messages anymore as WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to the device. In other words: WhatsApp cannot be used anymore as a messaging client.

WhatsApp notes that the changes won't happen to all users at the same time. It appears that the company wants to push out the restrictions in waves to monitor responses.

Users may export their chat history, and import the data into other clients, e.g. Telegram supports that option.

The policy regarding inactive users applies to all accounts. Accounts who have not connected to WhatsApp for 120 days may be deleted. It is unclear at this point whether clients of users who have not accepted the privacy policy and terms are seen as inactive by WhatsApp if they don't receive calls or messages anymore.

Check out WhatsApp's FAQ on the site for additional information on the restrictions.

Now You: have you accepted the terms and privacy policy?

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