Whatsapp service requires its users to agree to new privacy policies by May 15, which have been sharply criticized. But what happens to those who have not agreed by then?
Specifically, the forced changes are primarily about data transfer to the parent company Facebook. “The WhatsApp terms and conditions contain extensive passages with which the service grants itself the right to share users’ data with other Facebook companies,” criticizes Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg data protection commissioner. This becomes clear in the following passage of the Whatsapp guidelines: “We have legitimate interests to process personal data for the following purposes: To promote the products of Facebook companies and to send direct advertising.”
Caspar adds, “Currently, there is reason to believe that the data sharing provisions between WhatsApp and Facebook are intended to be enforced illegally due to the lack of voluntariness and informed consent.”
Many users will have already agreed to the terms in recent months. But what happens to those who don’t by the May 15 deadline? “You will receive calls and notifications for a short time, but you will neither be able to read messages in the app nor send any,” Whatsapp informs and emphasizes not to delete the account, which is why a later consent would still be possible. However, if you definitely want to have your messages backed up, you should take the precaution of creating a backup before the weekend.