WhatsApp is forcing users to agree to sharing information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service.
The company warns users in a pop-up notice that they “need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp” – or delete their accounts.
But Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, said European and UK users would not see the same data-sharing changes, although they will need to accept new terms.
The exception has been welcomed by some as a victory for EU privacy regulators.
The deadline in both regions to accept the change is 8 February, after which “you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp”, the company said in the pop-up alert to users.
Instead, the latest alert points users to its online help centre “if you would prefer to delete your account”.
The move has prompted some people online – including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk – to call for users to switch to other more privacy-focused messaging services like Signal and Telegram.