WhatsApp is delivering the notification via an in-app alert and users can either agree to the terms now or close the notification and make a decision later.
This move deviates from WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption which was built into the app after its acquisition by Facebook in 2014. It was only a matter of time before WhatsApp mandated data sharing with Facebook after it gave users a one-time opportunity in 2016 to opt out of having data sharing with Facebook.
“As part of the Facebook family of companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook companies,” states the updated policy. “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.”
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Facebook says the shared data will be used for “improving their services and your experiences using them, such as making suggestions for you (for example, of friends or group connections, or of interesting content), personalizing features and content, helping you complete purchases and transactions, and showing relevant offers and ads across the Facebook Company Products.”
Users who do not agree to the new terms and conditions have the right to delete their WhatsApp account at any time.