To address the privacy concerns, WhatsApp issues a statement on 8th January, which states that the new update “does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook”.
A spokesperson from WhatApp spoke to Quint about the new update, “For users who do not agree with the new WhatsApp terms of service, they will not be able to use the app after February 8. However, contrary to the general held perception, the user’s account will not be deleted after February 8.”
WhatsApp also issued a public statement regarding the privacy matter :
“As we announced in October, WhatsApp wants to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp. While most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, increasingly people are reaching out to businesses as well.”
“We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month,” the statement added.