WhatsApp is changing its terms of service to force users to share personal data including phone numbers and locations with its parent company, Facebook.
In an announcement sent to users on Wednesday, WhatsApp said users would have to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect WhatsApp data including users’ phone numbers, contacts’ phone numbers, locations, and more.
If users do not agree by February 8, they will lose access.
Social media users are poutraged and reminded the company that it promised back in 2014 during the acquisition by Facebook when WhatsApp assured its goal is to know “as little as possible”.
Some of the info WhatsApp is collecting and will be sharing includes location data, IP addresses, phone model, OS, battery level, signal strength, browser, mobile network, ISP, language, time zone, and even IMEI. There’s also the information about how you are messaging, calling, what groups you are attending, the Status, the profile photo, last time the you were online, etc.
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