On Monday, WhatsApp changed the Terms of Service of its service regarding the way it handles the data it holds, stating that it focuses on respect and privacy of users. And before the ink dries, the company gives its users a hard ultimatum, with only three options available:
- accept the sharing of their data with Facebook,
- stop using the application altogether or
- to delete their account.
If you want to continue using the service after February, you have no choice but to accept the sharing of your data with Facebook.
With the new policy changes, users will now be forced to accept the sharing of their data with Facebook to continue using their account or, alternatively, delete their accounts as WhatsApp says.
As the WhatsAppp message states: “After this date, you will have to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you prefer to delete your account and want more information. ”
Several Facebook companies have access to the data we collect
The Facebook companies to access WhatsApp users' data as soon as the new policy changes take effect in February include Facebook, Facebook Payments, Onavo, Facebook Technologies and CrowdTangle.
As WhatsApp explains "We will use the information we receive from users to assist in the operation, provision, improvement, understanding, customization, support and marketing of our Services and offers, including Facebook products."