The page says that you will be able to receive calls and notifications for a “short time” but you won’t be able to read or send messages from WhatsApp. So your WhatsApp account will be there but you won’t be able to use it.
A Gun To The Head?
We understand that a platform needs to collect some data to function and offer the kind of integration WhatsApp offers. From placing food orders to getting movie tickets in my inbox, it is certainly convenient.
However, enforcing a WhatsApp business policy update to every user is unfair. The company can offer one-time permissions for collection and access to such data. That way, you can allow or decline sharing data with a particular business, even with WhatsApp.
Android and iOS offer one-time permissions for access to device location and other services. It is a tried and tested method, and it gives users control over when they want to share their data. From where I see it, WhatsApp is cutting off basic features to make users accept a policy that can and should be entirely optional.