For those who have not yet done so, we will continue to display a notification on WhatsApp offering more information about this and remind you to review and accept it. At this time, we do not plan to make these reminders persistent or limit the functionality of the app.
The above excerpt, taken from the What will happen after the effective date?” section of the WhatsApp Help Center includes the important distinction of “at this time”. In other words, there is still room for a new chapter in this soap opera. The reminders are also not planned to be persistent.
From Xataka we have contacted WhatsApp and they have sent us the following statement where it is reiterated that there will be no limitations and that the only thing that will happen is that reminders will be sent from time to time:
Given the recent discussion with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make it clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users of the update from time to time; as well as when they choose to use relevant optional features, such as communicating with a company supported by Facebook. We hope this approach will reinforce the choice that all users have about whether or not they want to interact with a business.