The thing is clear: Either you accept the new terms, or you will not be able to use WhatsApp. This is not a choice, it is simply a very clear lack of options, an imposition, an obligation clearly. In 2016, Facebook changed the Terms and Services of WhatsApp -which it acquired in 2014-, and apart from causing a wave of criticism against it, it did not leave any more room for maneuver for the user.
New terms of Service in WhatsApp
These changes refer to the data that WhatsApp collects from users and their treatment. Also to the way that businesses can use Facebook to host their services and manage their conversations on WhatsApp. According to the notice that you should have already skipped on WhatsApp, the app collects information from users “to operate, provide, improve, understand, personalize, support and promote” its services.
The data that WhatsApp collects from you
What data does WhatsApp collect from you when using its app exactly, and therefore what data you could share with Facebook if you accept the new conditions ?:
Phone number to create the account
Basic profile information
Device location (if the user wants to share it with their contacts)
Messages (temporarily and encrypted if these have not been delivered or are part of a multimedia file forwarding)
Automatically, WhatsApp also collects information about user activity in the application (settings, interaction, frequency), service diagnostics, or device and connection (model, operating system, battery charge level, time zone , IP adress). It also installs ‘cookies’ “to operate and provide services, in addition to providing Internet-based services, improving experiences, understanding how services are used, and personalizing them.
And even information from third parties, from other users with whom the user contacts or who have the user’s phone number on their agenda, from reports of alleged infractions, from the companies with whom the user interacts in the app or from service providers.