In other words, the company will continue to honor the opt-out, even if you accept the new policy. The deactivation status should be saved in the upload your data feature, which can be found in the Account settings tab.
WhatsApp says you’ll soon have no choice but to share your data with parent company Facebook if you want to continue using the service.
If you don’t agree, the same alert subtly suggests you delete your account.
The upcoming change will disappoint WhatsApp users who want to minimize data collection from Facebook, a company that faces repeated privacy controversies. In 2016, WhatsApp let you not share data when it came to fueling ad targeting and “product experiences” for Facebook.
However, the deactivation came with one condition: you had to activate it within the first 30 days of signing up for the service. (Even if you did, WhatsApp could still share your account data with Facebook for the purpose of “operating and providing” the messaging service.)
Meanwhile, the new policy specifies the type of information it can collect and also share with Facebook and its affiliates. The data includes your WhatsApp account phone number, your profile name and photo, who you communicated with and the financial transactions you made through the app.
Despite the new policy, Facebook told PCMag that the policy update was primarily for business messaging. So in practice, there is no change in the data shared with Facebook for non-professional chats and account information, the social network said.
Specifically, the updated policy is designed to address a company’s messaging on WhatsApp. Facebook will give businesses the option of using Facebook’s secure hosting infrastructure to host WhatsApp chats if they don’t want to store the messages on their own systems.
The new policy comes as Facebook strives to integrate WhatsApp with the rest of the company’s messaging ecosystem. However, messages sent through the service will remain end-to-end encrypted, which means that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read them.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify Facebook statements.
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