After a "period of several weeks," reminders about the new policy will become "persistent," WhatsApp said in a blog post, adding that you'll eventually face "limited functionality" until you accept the update.
WhatsApp earlier this year faced a slew of backlash from privacy advocates and even Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk following the announcement about an updated policy, eventually delaying the change to May 15. In response to concerns that it'll share personal information with corporate parent Facebook, WhatsApp said the update doesn't affect the privacy of messages with friends and family, and instead relates only to messaging businesses through the platform.
People who put off accepting the privacy update even after reminders become persistent won't be able to access their chat list but will still be able to answer incoming phone and video calls, WhatsApp said, and will also be able to tap on notifications to respond to messages or return a missed call. If you continue to hold out even after a "few weeks of limited functionality," WhatsApp said it'll stop sending calls and messages to your phone.
The company also noted that its existing policy on inactive users will still apply, meaning your account may be deleted if it's inactive for 120 days.