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Changes announced to the WhatsApp privacy policy and scheduled to take effect on 15 May will not result in accounts being deleted or the app becoming unusable immediately after that date, the company, part of Facebook, says in a statement.

The changes will mean that communications with businesses by WhatsApp users — whether by email, phone or WhatsApp itself — will be visible to the application.

For the past several weeks, WhatsApp says it has displayed a notification within the app, providing more information about the update.

"After giving everyone time to review, we're continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept," the statement said.

"After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent."

At this point, the functionality of the app will become limited. Chat lists will not be accessible though users will be able to answer incoming phone and video calls.

But after a few more weeks, no calls or notifications will arrive.

"You can export your chats and download a report of your account on your own. If you need help downloading a report of your account or deleting your account, you can contact us here," the statement said.

Inactive accounts will be deleted after 120 days as per an existing WhatsApp policy.

"If you’d like to delete your account on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS, we hope you reconsider. Deleting your account is something we can’t reverse as it erases your message history, removes you from all of your WhatsApp groups, and deletes your WhatsApp backups," the statement added.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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