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WhatsApp forces users to share their data with Facebook and associated companies

It’s a sad day for WhatsApp users, as the company has just updated its privacy policy and now requires everyone using the app to share data with Facebook and its associated companies. Those who don’t agree with the new terms will no longer be able to use WhatsApp after February 8, 2021, the company announced.

Those who agree with the new terms included in the privacy policy will also agree with their data being shared with companies like Facebook Payments, Onavo, and CrowdTangle. As far as the data that you’ll be sharing with these companies, here they are: Profile name, Profile picture, IP address, Phone number and contacts list, App logs, and Status messages.

For some users, this might not seem such an important change, but when it comes to privacy, this is probably the end of an era for WhatsApp. After the company was bought by Facebook seven years ago, WhatsApp promised it will not collect nor store any users’ data.

Although four years ago WhatsApp eventually started sharing some data with Facebook, users had the option to not allow that. Unfortunately, Facebook made it mandatory this year, so if you want to continue to use WhatsApp, you’ll have to agree with the updated privacy policy and allow your data to be shared with Facebook and associated companies.

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