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Last Thursday (19), WhatsApp published an official note on its blog explaining that messenger users will eventually have to accept the new privacy terms to continue using the service. The platform even detailed the expected consequences for those who don't agree with the changes until the deadline set for May 15th.

In the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of the website, WhatsApp indicates that users "will risk losing all the functionality of the platform if they do not accept the updated privacy policy". According to the post, the service will not delete the accounts, but will limit its functionality.

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"For a short time, you will be able to receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read or send messages," described WhatsApp. That time frame, according to the messenger, will only last a few weeks.

It will still be possible to export chat history both on the Android how much in iPhone after the 15th of May. However, if the user prefers to close their account on WhatsApp, the application points out that it will not be possible to reverse the deletion, since this option “erases your message history and deletes backups”.

WhatsApp resumes privacy change in new format

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WhatsApp will block messages if the user does not accept a new privacy policy. Image: rodrigobark / iStock

After criticism for the controversial change, the application started to implement a new format communication with the public. Now, the focus of WhatsApp is to guarantee users that personal conversations will continue to rely on end-to-end encryption, as it always has.

The changes will be directed to business accounts, when the service is used, for example, to contact customer service. These messages will not be protected by the security feature and can be analyzed by the platform's algorithms for the purpose of “finding relevant information for ads” or being “stored on the company's servers”.

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WhatsApp took the opportunity to criticize the rival Telegram, which took advantage of the public's revolt to attract new users. The messenger stated that Telegram, despite presenting itself as an alternative, does not offer end-to-end encryption by default.

WhatsApp's new privacy policies take effect just over 3 months after the original date, February 8, 2021.

Source: WhatsApp

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