Giving an interim solace for those who do not accept the new policy, WhatsApp has said that its users will not immediately lose their accounts or face curtailed functionalities on the platform on May 15, but they will have to eventually go through limited functions if they fail to accept the new norms in the due course of time.
After persistent reminders, the users will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates.
The users won’t be able to access chat list. After a few weeks of limited functionality, they won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to their phones.
“WhatsApp’s new terms requiring users to accept them by a cut-off date to continue to avail full functionality has brought click wrap contracts and their intended manner of operation under the glare. Click wrap contracts require a user to click ‘yes’ or ‘ok’ to the terms, which constitutes legal consent for availing a service,” said Raj Ramachandran, Partner, J Sagar Associates.
Given the substantial user base and the apparent network effect, it literally leaves little room for users to make a choice.
“Germany has temporarily banned the update raising privacy concerns and EU may also looking into it closely. It is time for India too to implement effective data privacy rules, which has been pending for quite some time now,” Ramachandran said in a statement.
It also said that data exchange between Facebook and WhatsApp is untenable because data collected from one service cannot be used in another service.