Included in its latest privacy-policy update was a pop-up notification requiring all its users to agree to the service sharing personal data and information with its parent company Facebook. This marks the first time the messaging app has made an explicit request for users to agree with the practice, confirming previous suspicions.
If you still want to use the messaging service, there’s now way to decline or opt-out. The policy update also includes details on what data will actually be collected by the service and potentially shared by Facebook. Aside from the obvious user phone numbers, it’ll also include “transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using our Services, mobile device information, your IP address” and more.