“Given recent conversations with different agencies and privacy experts,” a WhatsApp representative told ‘The Verge,” “we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp operates for individuals who have not yet accepted the upgrade.”
The majority of users who have viewed the new policy have accepted it, according to WhatsApp. “We will continue to alert users and allow them to accept the upgrade on a regular basis, especially when they choose to utilise relevant optional features like chatting with a company that receives Facebook support,” WhatsApp added. “We think that this method reaffirms all users’ ability to choose whether or not to contact with a company.”
WhatsApp has been in a spat with the Indian government over the new policy, with the government requesting that it be revoked twice. However, the company stands firm in its assertion that a user’s chats with his personal accounts are unaffected since they are end-to-end encrypted.