That has been quite a challenge, and the idea of WhatsApp sharing new data with parent company Facebook has not been very popular. It doesn’t matter how minor the data in question might be.
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While it’s been a bit of a mess in getting here, this isn’t a bad idea. Privacy policies and service terms and conditions are notorious for being hard to read, so people just click accept without actually understanding what they’re agreeing to. More companies should take this approach, and break everything down in a way people without law degrees can understand.
As it stands, the policy is still due to come into full force by May 15. You have until then to decide to accept the new terms, or to jump ship and sign up for one of the best WhatsApp alternatives.