The pop-up message read (in case you closed it without reading it. I did)
- Updates to WhatsApp’s service and how it processes your data;
- How businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats;
- How WhatsApp will partner with Facebook to offer integrations across Facebook Company products.
Facebook will also have access to the following information:
- User phone numbers
- Other people’s phone numbers stored in your address book
- Profile names and pictures
- Status messages including “last online” time
- Diagnostic data collected through the app logs
Facebook has further highlighted how its companies may use the information collected in WhatsApp.
- Helping improve infrastructure and delivery systems;
- Understanding how our Services or theirs are used;
- Promoting safety, security and integrity across the Facebook Company Products, e.g., security systems and fighting spam, threads, abuse, or infringement activities;
- Improving their services and your experiences using them, such as making suggestions for you (for example, of friends or group connections, or of interesting content), personalized features and content, helping you complete purchases and transactions, and showing relevant offers and ads across the Facebook Company Products; and
- Providing integrations which enable you to connect your WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook Company Products. For example, allowing you to connect your Facebook Pay account to pay for things on WhatsApp or enabling you to chat with your friends on other Facebook Company Products, such as Portal, by connecting your WhatsApp account.
“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.”
While this may sound daunting at first, we knew this was coming. Last year, Facebook announced that the company would work on ways to integrate all of its services into one policy. In addition, this would allow Facebook to provide a more cohesive experience to users across WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger. If you feel like you don’t want this experience then there’s nothing you can do about it… For now.