WhatsApp will now share user information with Facebook

WhatsApp will now share user information with Facebook!

The world’s largest messaging platform has updated its terms and privacy policy, under which the platform will share the user data with the parent company Facebook.

According to the notification, “By tapping AGREE to accept the new terms and privacy policy, which take effect on February 8, 2021. After this date, you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Centre if you would prefer to delete your account and would like more information”.

Furthermore, if the user doesn’t agree to the new Terms and Privacy policy, they can no longer access the platform after February 8, 2021.

The information being collected by WhatsApp which will be shared with Facebook includes location data, IP addresses, phone model, Operating System, battery level, signal strength, browser, mobile network, ISP, language, time zone, and even IMEI, as per GSM Arena report.

The report also added that information about the user messaging, calling, what groups they are attending, Status, profile photo, will also be shared.

However, WhatsApp’s decision to share its data with parent company Facebook is not received well by the social media users: 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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