If users refuse to comply with the data-sharing agreement and opt not to have their WhatsApp account details shared with Facebook, Facebook, which owns the messaging service, has previously confirmed that they will make the accounts entirely unavailable.
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Users will not be able to view their chat history, but they will be able to address incoming phone and video calls, according to WhatsApp. Those who have notifications enabled can tap on them to read or respond to a message or to call or video call back a missed call.
After a few weeks of restricted usage users who do not consent to the updated terms will be unable to receive incoming calls or updates, as well as messages to their devices.
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Users that are not connected to WhatsApp will have their accounts made inactive after 120 days, according to WhatsApp’s standard policy for deleting inactive accounts from its platform for privacy and security purposes.
WhatsApp has since clarified that the update does not mean that personal user chats or other profile information will be shared with Facebook, and that it is offering more clarity on how user data is acquired and shared while using the app to communicate with businesses.