Rather than change the policy, WhatsApp responded to this by pushing the deadline from the 8th of February to Saturday 15th May.
WhatsApp will gradually become unusable, as users lose access to the majority of its features in a phased approach. WhatsApp will begin to send reminders to accept the new policy from tomorrow and will disable some of its features for those who don’t accept after a few weeks.
In the interim period, WhatsApp will send ‘persistent reminders’, that increase in frequency, and users will be unable to access their chat list and will only be able to answer incoming calls and reply to messages.
Rather than just removing the app from your device, you also need to delete your account. WhatsApp has said it can take up to 90 days to remove your information.
To delete your account, you’ll need to open the app and go into your Settings, and then select Account. Enter your mobile number to confirm and press ‘Delete My Account’.
What has WhatsApp said about its changes?
In a statement released by WhatsApp within its Help Centre, WhatsApp stated:
Alternatives to WhatsApp
Many privacy and cybersecurity experts have encouraged people to come away from WhatsApp and instead use Signal, a messaging platform with a focus on privacy that has been backed by the co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton.