The mandatory update of WhatsApp’s privacy policy allows sharing of user data with Facebook

The latest WhatsApp Terms and Privacy Policy It allows the popular messaging app to share a large amount of user data with Facebook (via XDA Developers).

Today WhatsApp users receive an in-app notification informing them of the app’s updated terms of service and privacy policy. The notice provides an overview of the three major updates, covering how WhatsApp handles user data, how companies can use the services hosted on Facebook to store and manage their WhatsApp conversations, and how WhatsApp will soon partner with Facebook to provide deeper integrations across all of the parent company’s products.

The changes, which are set to take effect on February 8, 2022, are mandatory and users will not be able to continue using WhatsApp unless they agree to the terms.

The new terms and privacy policy seem to build on the changes Announced July 2020However, this previous update provided users with the option to block their WhatsApp account information from sharing with Facebook. A recent update revokes this option.

Users who agree to the updated terms will receive WhatsApp account registration, phone number, transaction data, service-related information, interaction information, mobile device information, IP address, and “other specific information … or that is obtained upon notice to you or on your consent,” has been shared With Facebook.

When explaining how Facebook uses this information, the policy states that the shared data is used to “understand how our services or services are used,” “improve their services,” “make suggestions for you,” “personalize features and content,” and “show relevant offers and advertisements.” Relevance across Facebook products. “

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The updated terms are helping WhatsApp more closely integrate into Facebook’s product portfolio, as it aims to provide more A cohesive experience For users across services. While the changes help Facebook achieve its larger goals, the high level of data sharing that WhatsApp users will now undergo could raise privacy concerns.

Last month WhatsApp Publicly protested Apple’s requirement that developers provide information about the user data they collect Privacy Labels On the App Store, Saying it could give his messaging app a competitive edge.

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