So, what is this privacy update, and should you accept it? We sat down with Mishi Choudhary, Technology Lawyer and Founder of SFLC, New York to understand everything in detail.
What happens if you do not accept WhatsApp's new policy?
You will be repetitively reminded to accept the new policy whenever you will open the app, and if you still choose to not accept it, then eventually, WhatsApp will become more or less useless to you.
- Initially, you will be able to answer incoming voice and video calls.
- If you have notifications enabled, you can also tap on them to read or reply to a message.
- You can call back a missed audio or video call.
- After a few weeks, you will stop getting WhatsApp calls, messages and even notifications.
Those who accept the new policy won't notice any difference in their experience. But, if you keep WhatsApp installed on your phone, and still refuse to accept the policy, then WhatsApp won't immediately delete your account because of that. It will probably delete your account due to “inactivity” if you don't connect for 120 days.
Why is WhatsApp's new privacy update a big deal?
“WhatsApp is not proposing to begin sharing the information of its users with Facebook. It is not proposing that. Why? Because it has been doing that all along. Once in 2016, for a limited time, everybody had a chance to opt-out. If I was there, and if I also had a Facebook account in 2016 for a limited time, I was given an option that Mishi can opt-out and say I don't want whatever on WhatsApp to be shared on Facebook,” noted Mishi.
“If I was not using WhatsApp back in 2016, and I signed up later or I just did not or I forgot because it was available for a very limited short period of time, I didn't do it. Now, I can't do anything. Now, WhatsApp will keep ratting me out to Facebook,” she added further.
WhatsApp is caught up in several court cases - because of this new privacy update. It recently defended itself saying that other tech companies and apps like Zomato, Ola, BigBasket, Truecaller, Aarogya Setu, Zoom have similar policies and collect even more data.
Most of the apps have long been collecting your data. All of this information is mostly hidden behind the long terms and conditions, which many of us don't care to read and blindly accept. WhatsApp and Facebook are one of them, but they want to collect your data excessively. So, maybe it's time for you to think about whether you want to choose convenience over privacy.
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