According to WhatsApp, the company policy gives its user the liberty to either accept the 2021 Update or opt-out and stop using the messaging platform. The users are also free to delete their accounts as and when they want. Importantly, the company says it is under no legal obligation to provide its services to users who do not consent to their terms.
Differentiating itself from other online platforms, WhatsApp said that it gives control and choice to its users, unlike others that are not as transparent. It also stated that other platforms imply the consent of their users through continued use of their service, while WhatsApp explicitly asked for its users’ consent.
It added that written jurisdiction cannot be invoked to challenge private contract between WhatsApp and its customers.
"No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15 because of this update,” added Whatsapp's FAQ page.
Users will get frequent reminders to accept the new policy after May 15. Initially, the reminders will be few, however later they will become 'persistent. After such reminders, the application will start to limit the functions of the like not giving access to chat lists. Users will be able to open chats through message notifications. After few days of limited functions, users will not be able to get notifications of calls and messages. Later on, the account will be completely useless.