The in-app notification from the Facebook-owned platform, sent both to Android and iOS users, mentions key updates, such as how the company processes user data, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats and how the company partners with Facebook to offer integrations across its products.
One of the major changes included relates to its data collection, and it means you'll be sharing your data with Facebook.
“When a user forwards media within a message, we store that media temporarily in encrypted form on our servers to aid in more efficient delivery of additional forwards,” WhatsApp said on its site.
You can't stop WhatsApp sharing info with Facebook
WhatsApp currently shares certain categories of information with Facebook Companies.
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products,” says WhatsApp.
WhatsApp said it collects user information to be able to provide services and customize the experience for the user.
The information that you share with WhatsApp that will be shared are your phone number, app logs, status messages, your profile name, your profile picture and your IP address.
If you don't want to allow Facebook to do this, your only alternative is to switch to another messaging service such as Telegram or Signal.
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