According to new T&Cs, WhatsApp users ‘must’ agree to share their personal information with Facebook if they want to continue using the service from February. And unfortunately, users can’t opt-out (of it), unless they quit the service.
“As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.
A WhatsApp spokesman did not clarify why the platform decided to make the change but said it would not affect EU- and UK-based users.
Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and in 2016 it gave users a one-time chance to opt out of sharing app data with Facebook.
The changes above changes are expected to take effect from February 8th.