WhatsApp has decided to share more user data with other Facebook companies to provide a more coherent experience to users across its services.
It will share account registration information, phone numbers, transaction data, service-related information, interactions on the platform, mobile device information, IP address, and other data collected based on users’ consent, a new update says.
This data sharing policy with Facebook and its other services doesn’t apply to EU states. The update is expected to go into effect next month.
The “key updates” concern how it processes user data, “how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats,” and “how we partner with Facebook to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products.”
In a notification quoted by a tech website, Whastapp said it will delete the accounts after “120 days of inactivity .i.e. not connected to the app.”
“This effectively means that, while the profiles will remain inactive, WhatsApp will eventually end up deleting the accounts after 120 days of inactivity (i.e. not connected to the app) as part of its efforts to “maintain security, limit data retention, and protect the privacy of our users.”
Facebook Company Products refers to the flagship Facebook app, Messenger, and Instagram, Boomerang among others.