The Facebook-owned platform started notifying its users through an in-app alert on Jan. 5 on the new updates that will take effect on Feb. 8. According to the notification, users are required to agree to the changes to continue to use the app on their gadgets.
“You’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account and would like more information,” the WhatsApp notification states.
Furthermore, the updated terms grant Facebook the right to share the collected data to its subsidiaries.
According to a section in WhatsApp, some of the data it shares with other Facebook companies include phone number, transaction data, IP address, and data on interacting with businesses.
“As part of the Facebook family of companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, this family of 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,” the updated policy states.
Previously, WhatsApp offered its two billion users the option not to share their account information with Facebook.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion.
Other companies Facebook owns include mobile messaging platform Messenger, social media app Instagram, and technology company Oculus VR.