WhatsApp now gives you more time to understand their decisions
Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO
– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
WhatsApp will not have access to your chats or microphone, but yes to dozens of other data such as locations, gender, device, network settings and many other things that you will use to improve your relationship with Facebook advertisers. More data equals better targeted advertising and more satisfaction for the companies that use Facebook Ads.
Don’t worry, if you live in Spain it won’t affect you
If you live outside of Europe, it is very likely that you do. Now you will not have to accept the changes on February 8, but yes a little later. WhatsApp will give you, more or less, a month, so that you understand the changes and decide whether to go through the hoop or change the messaging app.