So what information is shared between WhatsApp and Facebook?
So, basically everything. Of course WhatsApp are saying that it will help them to “improve their services and your experiences using them, such as making suggestions for you”.
So what does this mean for you? It is difficult to say at this stage considering how intrusive Facebook and its knowledge of you already is — just how much added information will they be able to glean that they don’t already know? One thing to note though, WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted meaning that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp can access the content of your messages.
It is also interesting to see WhatsApp and Facebook taking this path given the pressure they have been under globally for their invasion of user privacy — the new policy will not apply to users in the EU.
It will certainly apply to users here in Australia and there is no half measure — if you want to keep using WhatsApp you will need to agree to share your account information with WhatsApp.
It is unclear what happens if you do not have a Facebook account but if you do you have until February 8 to decide whether to share or to stop using WhatsApp.