Here’s the problem though: not only does WhatsApp—which was once an encrypted and secure app—now require you to share your personal data with Facebook, you have no option of opting out of it. This is the first time that an instant messaging app made explicit requests of its users to agree with sharing their information without the ability to opt out of it. The update includes details on what data is actually going to be collected. Aside from the regular contact information and number, the update and ask 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.”
You can find more details regarding the policy on WhatsApp’s website, but we can say for sure that many of its users are not pleased with this move.