WhatsApp’s new privacy policy indicates sharing data with Facebook

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WhatsApp, a messaging platform owned by Facebook, has announced a new privacy policy. The update notes that the app will start sharing user data with Facebook company products.

It’s ironic since the app’s main claim was privacy in the past, ensuring Facebook will know “as little as possible” about users. Now, WhatsApp is giving users an ultimatum: agree with the new terms and privacy policy, which will take effect on February 8, or delete your account entirely.

Users who don’t want their data shared across platforms can choose to opt out of the service and uninstall the app.

Data that will be shared include location, IP addresses, phone model, OS, battery level, signal strength, browser, mobile network, ISP, language, time zone, and even EMEI. In addition, other information about you including your messaging, contacts, calling, groups, status, profile photo, and last time you were online will also be collected. Users will no longer have a choice about Facebook collecting that information.

This new privacy policy will be rolling out globally starting February 8, 2021. If you don’t want to agree to the new terms, consider using a different messenger app instead.

Read more: WhatsApp to stop working on older phones by January 1

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