Back in 2016, users were given a one-time option to opt out of sharing their data with Facebook, which acquired the messaging app back in 2014. But now it seems that they’re not giving users the choice anymore. Some of the data that you’ll be required to share with Facebook include your phone number, numbers stored in your address book, your profile name and picture, status message including when you were last online, and diagnostic data collected from app logs.
There’s no official word yet from Facebook but according to Ars Technica, a spokeswoman said that this is part of the move to allow businesses to store and manage WhatsApp chats using the infrastructure of its parent company. She said that users have the option of blocking businesses and that there’s no change to how they will share data for non-business chats and account data. It’s all a bit confusing right now as they have not deigned to explain it properly to consumers.