WhatsApp Users Given Until February 8 to Accept New Policies or Lose Account Data

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on January 7 announced an important update regarding the use of instant messaging platform WhatsApp.

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Users of the Facebook-owned messaging platform must accept its updated terms of service and privacy policy until February 8 or face the risk of losing their account if they fail to do so or decline altogether.

WhatsApp Users Given Until February 8 to Accept New Policies or Lose Account Data

WhatsApp Users Must Accept New Policies by February 8 or Face Risk of Losing Account

The new policies affect WhatsApp’s service and how the company processes users’ data. It also changes how businesses can use Facebook-hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats, the Khaleej Times reported.

According to the updated policy, “WhatsApp must receive or collect some information to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services, including when you install, access, or use our Services.”

Failure to agree to these terms before February 8 will result in the permanent removal of the user’s account.

Finally, the company also explained that the update would change how it partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the tech giant’s products.

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