"We have responded to the Government of India's letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update," said a WhatsApp spokesperson in a statement given to Reuters.
WhatsApp will stick to the May 15 deadline for users in India to accept new terms of service, but it will not immediately restrict features like messaging and calling for users who do not accept the new terms. Such users will, however, get repeated prompts while using the messenger until they accept the new policy. The Facebook-owned messaging platform plans to follow this approach till the Personal Data Protection laws come into effect.
The policy terms aren’t the same worldwide. Users in Europe and U.K, for instance, won’t have to accede to the same data-sharing terms. Whatsapp is currently facing staunch resistance with its new privacy terms across several countries.