Whatsapp Terms of Use: This will happen after May 15th


Whatsapp is starting a second attempt: users must agree to the new terms of use by May 15. Now Whatsapp explains what happens afterwards.

Whatsapp’s new Terms of Use were originally scheduled to take effect on February 8, 2021. After heavy criticism, Whatsapp had postponed the date in order to better explain the changes and to give users more time. The new deadline is now May 15, 2021. Whatsapp has everything in one that happens if users do not agree by then Blogpost explained.

Whatsapp account will be restricted after May 15th

Anyone who does not agree to the new terms of use can no longer use Whatsapp after May 15th. The account is not deleted immediately, but the functions are massively restricted. For some time you can still receive calls and notifications, but you can no longer read and send messages. The chat history can then no longer be exported.

According to Whatsapp, the Inactive Account Policy. This includes that the accounts will be deleted after 120 days. After May 15th, users still have some time to accept the terms of use if they want to continue using WhatsApp. But if you decide to switch to another messenger and want to save your chats, you have to do this before the deadline.

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The fact that Whatsapp excludes users who do not actively agree to the new terms of use is a very unusual step. For many services, it is common to simply point out new terms of use. If users continue to use the service after it has come into effect, their consent is simply assumed. Whatsapp had also done this so far.

The new way of Whatsapp should actually be more in the interests of the users, as they are encouraged to actually deal with the terms of use. But Whatsapp has probably done itself a disservice, because many users have noticed the connection to the parent company Facebook again or perhaps for the first time. This has led to a storm of indignation.

Whatsapp informs about changes

Now Whatsapp and Facebook are busy trying to limit the damage. With banners that are displayed in Whatsapp, users should now be more precise about the Updates be informed before being asked for consent again. Both Changes According to Whatsapp, it is mainly about communication between private users and companies. In addition, it should be made clearer how data is collected and used.

In fact, the exchange of data with Facebook, which many users criticized when looking at the updated terms of use, is not new. A corresponding clause could already be found in 2018. Within the EU, however, the use and transfer of data is restricted by the GDPR, so that Whatsapp even has different data protection guidelines in the EU than in the rest of the world, where data exchange is also used for personalized advertising – by the way, not just since this year .

The new regulations should not change anything for the normal use of chats. If you are still uncomfortable with Messenger, you will find some alternatives to Whatsapp that have been very popular recently. The chance of meeting friends in other messengers has definitely increased since the beginning of the year.


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