WhatsApp will delete user accounts that do not accept the new privacy policy

WhatsApp user accounts that do not accept the new rules and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will be deleted.

The new data exchange agreement

In January 2021, Facebook-owned WhatsApp began displaying a warning to users apprising them of changes in the service’s terms of use and privacy policy. The changes are based on the new data exchange agreement with Facebook.

Initially, it was assumed that WhatsApp users would have to accept the new rules by February 8, 2021. However, Facebook decided to extend the timeline until May 15, 2021, after massive user discontent and media hype in this connection.

WhatsApp will delete user accounts that do not accept the new privacy policy

Will Whatsapp accounts be deleted?

Until recently, the question remained open: what will happen to WhatsApp users who do not agree to the new terms and privacy policy by the designated time? Will their accounts be deleted?

Now the answer to this question can be found in the “Security and Privacy” section of the service help centre. WhatsApp advises that accounts will not be deleted immediately.

Here is the most important information:

    • If you do not accept the new rules by May 15th, then the functionality of your WhatsApp account will be limited until the changes are accepted. You will be able to receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read and send messages in the app.
    • The Inactive Accounts Policy applies to WhatsApp users who disagree with the new terms and privacy policy. This policy provides for the deletion of accounts after 120 days of inactivity. However, local data that was stored on the device before deleting the account will reappear when users re-register with WhatsApp on the same device.
    • Whatsapp users can export their chat history on Android and iPhone platforms, as well as download their account report by May 15, 2021. It is unclear if this feature will be blocked after the due date.

Competitive messengers such as Telegram have introduced options for importing WhatsApp chats. WhatsApp users who do not want to accept the new terms and privacy policy are advised to export their data by May 15, 2021.

It is possible that WhatsApp will not delete the accounts after all if there is enough negative response.


Erstellt am: 03/16/2021

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