WhatsApp Will Disable Your Account If You Don’t Agree Sharing Data With Facebook

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“Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA,” opens WhatsApp’s privacy policy. “Since we started WhatsApp, we’ve aspired to build our Services with a set of strong privacy principles in mind.”

But come February 8, 2021, this opening statement will no longer find a place in the policy.

The Facebook-owned messaging service is alerting users in India of an update to its terms of service and privacy policy that’s expected to go into effect next month.

The “key updates” concern how it processes user data, “how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats,” and “how we partner with Facebook to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products.”

The mandatory changes allow WhatsApp to share more user data with other Facebook companies, including account registration information, phone numbers, transaction data, service-related information, interactions on the platform, mobile device information, IP address, and other data collected based on users’ consent.

Unsurprisingly, this data sharing policy with Facebook and its other services doesn’t apply to EU states that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which are governed by the…

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