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WhatsApp Makes Data Sharing With Facebook Mandatory

Those who don't accept the new privacy policy and terms will lose access to WhatsApp.

In a time where privacy issues are becoming a bigger issue than ever, messaging giant WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and terms of service in a way to better integrate with other products and services offered by its parent company Facebook.

Users were made aware of the update through an in-app notice, which stated that WhatsApp has changed its terms of service and privacy policy, Metro reports.

Privacy policy update

WhatsApp now can share data such as WhatsApp account registration, phone numbers, transaction data, service-related information, interaction information, mobile device information, IP address, and "other information identified... or obtained upon notice to you or based on your consent."

A WhatsApp spokesperson stated on Wednesday, “As we’ve previously informed in October 2020, as part of WhatsApp’s business vision, in order to enable users and businesses better, we are updating our terms of service and privacy policy as we work to make WhatsApp a great way to get answers or help from a business.

Privacy policy and terms updates are common in the tech industry, as you know. Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA. Since we started WhatsApp, we’ve built our services with a set of strong privacy principles in mind."

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While the reasons for Facebook to require data, the social media giant claims that the data will be used to "understand how our services or [WhatsApp's] are used," "improve their services," "make suggestions for you", "personalize features and content" and "show relevant offers and ads across the Facebook Company Products."

On February 8, the changes will come into effect and the users who won't accept the new privacy policy and terms will lose access to WhatsApp and may not able to use all its features.

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