As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information (see here) with, the other Facebook Companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.
The information shared with Facebook is substantial, including:
The new policies will take effect on February 8. The changes are mandatory and individuals will not be able to use WhatsApp unless they accept the terms.
This is the latest reason why users who value their privacy should switch to Signal for their secure, cross-platform messaging needs.