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Whatsapp starts a new attempt to explain
This created an unprecedented counter-pressure, which was expressed in protests and massive emigration to other messengers such as Threema or Signal. Since then, Whatsapp has tried to limit damage and tries to explain itself.
Just on Friday we received a new press release that wanted to inform us that Whatsapp now wants to display the following banner to its users via the messenger function Status by May 15th:
The – together the new explanation page on the web – should now make it unmistakably clear that Whatsapp basically only introduces an improved way for companies to get in contact with Whatsapp users and do business with them. Otherwise, Whatsapp assures not to change anything in terms of data protection – especially in terms of end-to-end encryption – and not to share contacts with Facebook, for example.
Of course, the question may be asked why the users then absolutely and above all without exception have to agree to new conditions. Even people who do not intend to communicate in any way with companies via Whatsapp are ultimately forced by the mandatory consent if they want to continue using Whatsapp. That could certainly have been solved more elegantly.
Whatsapp don’t throw you out
Techcrunch has now asked what actually happens if users do not give their consent by May 15th. Thereupon an FAQ entry a relatively sparse answer: “You will receive calls and notifications for a short time, but you can neither read nor send messages in the app.”
At Techcrunch’s request, the term “short time” should be interpreted as “a few weeks”. Accounts should continue to be deleted according to the previous rules, i.e. after 120 days of inactivity.
Look, we have messages for you
Specifically, this would mean that WhatsApp does not switch off the accounts of those who do not agree, but continues to deliver calls and notifications. Otherwise, the app can no longer be used.
During the period of inactivity, i.e. from May 15th if consent has not been given, Whatsapp users would theoretically have 120 days to reactivate their account. It seems unlikely that calls and notifications will be delivered for as long.
In any case, this approach no longer sounds as uncompromising as initially communicated. Whatsapp probably relies on peer pressure. Anyone who can still be called and informed about new messages could still give in and agree to the new conditions.