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WhatsApp discusses what happens to users who do not agree with improvements to their privacy.

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Back in January, after announcing that it would be forcing its users to agree to new terms and conditions for its privacy policy. The updated wording made people think Facebook would get the contents of their chats, or something like that – which is funny because while that’s not true for WhatsApp, it is for Facebook Messenger, and there was never a backlash about that service, was there?

Anyway, after the internet exploded and people started moving to services like Telegram, which are actually less privacy-secure than WhatsApp (if we’re talking access to the contents of your messages), the Facebook-owned company the new policy was initially supposed to go into effect on February 8.

You may be wondering what happens if, come May, you don’t agree to the new terms and conditions. Today, the company explained just that. If you refuse the new terms after May 15, then, for a few weeks, you’ll still be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app.

It’s unclear what happens after that, but WhatsApp has a new policy of deleting accounts that have been inactive for 120 days, and you may be counted as such if you refuse the new terms.

Contrary to popular belief, WhatsApp has been sharing metadata with Facebook for years, the only new things it would send back to the mothership after this update are payment and transaction data, in order to help Facebook better target ads to you across its various services.

Payments and transactions through WhatsApp aren’t even a thing in most places, so maybe take a breath of air before you go crazy again, Internet. Or if you hate Facebook so much, maybe stop using Messenger first – that one doesn’t have end-to-end encrypted chats by default anyway.

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