This reminder comes after WhatsApp was forced to push the acceptance date for the mandatory policy update to 15 March following a severe backlash.
The in-app reminders have seemingly begun to irritate India’s over 400 million WhatsApp users, many of whom have shared screenshots of the notifications on social media.
Old wine. New bottle.
I certainly won’t be arm twisted by @WhatsApp to give up my privacy.
— Skipper (@FlyingMariner) March 6, 2021
The Indian government wrote a strongly worded letter to Will Cathcart, the global CEO of WhatsApp in January, in which it noted that WhatsApp must give users an option to not accept the policy update.
At present, WhatsApp’s stance on the mandatory nature of its policy update remains unchanged.
In a bid to assure users that their personal chats remain protected without any data being collected, WhatsApp has resorted to various measures in recent months, including posting full page newspaper ads, adding “review policy” banners on the app, and publishing blog posts as well as rolling out official status updates on its app around the world.