FFor the time being, there will be no consequences for WhatsApp users if they do not accept the new data protection terms of the chat service. A spokesman for the Facebook company said there were currently no plans to regulate their activities. Technology blogs such as “The Next Web” and “The Verge”.
WhatsApp wants to clarify this after consulting with authorities and experts. Instead, these users will be reminded of the “from time to time” update.
WhatsApp enacted new data protection rules two weeks ago. Users who did not approve the update were warned that important functions would be gradually lost after a few weeks with warnings. “There are currently no plans to make these reminders permanent or limit the app’s functionality,” it said in WhatsApp’s questions and answers about the new restrictions.
Actually strict restrictions planned
According to previous announcements, users will lose access to their chat list over time, as described by WhatsApp in their Blat Entry. First, you can still receive incoming audio and video calls and use notifications to reply to chat messages. A few weeks later, it was announced that WhatsApp would not be sending calls or messages to their smartphones.
WhatsApp has always said that the update does not include additional data transfer to Facebook. The changes are mainly to create better ways to communicate with companies.
German users are protected until the autumn
Hamburg data protection lawyer Johannes Caspar took any action and, as a precautionary measure, issued an order in mid-May banning Facebook from processing WhatsApp data from German users. It is valid for three months as the Irish Data Protection Authority is responsible for Facebook in Europe. WhatsApp replied, “This setting is based on a fundamental misconception about the purpose and consequences of the update.”
In January, WhatsApp rejected an announcement that it would share more information with the mother. However, the introduction of the new terms was postponed to May 15 for more than three months.