Users who refuse to accept the new terms will be banned from using their accounts as of February 8th.
The group seeks to generate cash revenues by allowing advertisers to communicate with their customers through WhatsApp, or even to sell their products directly through the platform, which is what the network started working on in India.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement sent by the network to Agence France-Presse, “Updates on privacy settings are common in the sector and we provide our users with all the information necessary to verify the changes that will take place as of February 8th.”
The company pointed out that the data that may be shared between “WhatsApp” and the “Facebook” application system (including “Instagram” and “Messenger”) includes contacts and profile information, and does not include the content of messages that remain encrypted.
However, the new conditions differ between the European Union and the rest of the world.
In the case of the European Union and Britain, this data will only be used to develop features provided for professionals’ accounts through “WhatsApp Business,” according to what WhatsApp explained to AFP.
“WhatsApp” does not share the data of its European users with “Facebook” except for the latter to use it to improve its products or ads, according to a spokesperson for the messaging service.
“If the only way to reject this amendment is to stop using WhatsApp, the element of consent becomes coerced, and the processing of data is illegal,” Artur Meso, a legal expert at an organization that defends the rights of Internet users, told AFP.
Tesla chief Elon Musk hinted in a tweet on “Twitter” that the rival Signal application could be used.
In response to a question on the subject, spokesmen for the European Commission reminded that Facebook was indicted in 2017 by paying a fine of 110 million euros for submitting false information during an investigation by the European Union regarding the WhatsApp purchase.