Many users will have to accept the new terms or lose access to the application.
The announcement was made through an in-app notification that displays important updates to WhatsApp’s policies and terms of service. These are divided into three major categories: how the app processes user data, how businesses can use Facebook-hosted services with WhatsApp, and how the app partners with Facebook to provide integration with Facebook products.
However, keep in mind that European users will be exempt from the new service sharing practices and will only see the first two of the three points in the notification. Niamh Sweeney, WhatsApp policy director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), attempted to clear up the confusion:
What about the rest of the world, though? Here’s an important part of the platform’s new Terms of Service, which will apply to those users:
At this point, it is important to remember some of the key information that WhatsApp collects:
Your phone number, which you used to sign up for an account with.
Your photo and information in your profile
Your WhatsApp contacts’ phone numbers
Transaction and payment information
Information on the location
model, operating system, and mobile network information about your device.
Other data, such as your IP address, device operation details, and identifiers
You agree that Facebook and its affiliates may have access to at least some of your data if you accept the new terms and rules.
WhatsApp includes the following information is included in its FAQ section, which focuses on security and privacy: “The information we share with other Facebook companies includes your account registration data (such as your phone number), transaction records, service information, information about how you interact with third parties (including companies) when you use our services, information about your mobile device, and information about your mobile device.”