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If you choose not to accept the new terms, the app will eventually be rendered usually. While WhatsApp won’t restrict access to your account immediately, developers warned:
“After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent“.
This follows after the deadline was postponed from January 2021 to May, in order to educate users about the terms and conditions of the new policy. However, there may be a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel.
South Africa’s Information Regulator is not taking this hit sitting down and have been seeking legal assistance. As reported by Tech Central, the IR warned that it would be considering litigation.
In addition to the above, the regulators called on the “portfolio committee on Justice & Correctional Services to request Facebook South Africa and WhatsApp to appear in parliament to answer questions on the matter”, Tech Central reports.
Earlier this year, SA’s information regulator assured South Africans that WhatsApp needs permission to share users’ information with Facebook Inc.
This is in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act which was put in place to protect South Africans by limiting which information can be collected by companies and how that information is stored and used.
“WhatsApp cannot without obtaining prior authorisation from the IR process any contact information of its users for a purpose other than the one for which the number was specifically intended at collection, with the aim of linking that information jointly with information processed by other Facebook companies”.
Chairperson of the IR, Pansy Tlakula, said their “legislation is very similar to that of the EU. It was based on that model deliberately, as it provides a significantly better model for the protection of personal information than that in other jurisdictions.”
“We do not understand why Facebook has adopted this differentiation between Europe and Africa.”