This is in stark contrast to what the company first promised in 2014 during its acquisition by Facebook, which guaranteed that WhatsApp’s goal was to know “as little as possible.”
Users have been able to opt-out so far, but after February 8th, if the parent company doesn’t want to own the data, there is only one solution: uninstall the app and stop using the service.
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The information collected and shared by WhatsApp includes location data, IP addresses, phone models, operating systems, battery levels, signal strength, browsers, mobile networks, ISPs, languages, time zones, and even IMEI. You’ll also find information about messaging, calls, participating groups, status, profile pictures, last time you were online, and more.
WhatsApp has added another section called “Transactions and Payment Data” that specifies that the platform will also process additional information about payments made through the app. The company claims this is for analytical purposes, but provides other Facebook companies with unique identifiers.