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08 January 2021
WhatsApp users must now share information with Facebook
Data protection & privacyUsing customer dataWebsites, online services, apps
Why it matters
Users can no longer choose not to share information with Facebook and continue using the app. For Facebook, however, it could signal WhatsApp's utility as a money-maker.
Through an in-app message, users were informed that the service was making some big changes (“how we process your data”, “how we partner with Facebook to offer integrations”) along with the cut-off point for agreement of the 8th February.
It’s a significant shift
Facebook reserves the right to share collected data – phone numbers, address book contents, profile information and status – with its other companies. These include the eponymous social network and its millennial growth engine, Instagram.