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WhatsApp users will be required to share data with Facebook in a new policy twist

New changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy will force users to share a significant amount of data with the messaging app’s many-tentacled owner, Facebook.

Users were first informed of the changes today via an in-app notification, which asked them to accept an updated privacy policy taking effect on February 8. After that date “you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp,” it read.

According to the ledger of terms and conditions, data that will be given to Facebook and its other subsidiaries includes “your account registration information (such as your phone number), transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using our Services, mobile device information, your IP address, and may include other information identified in the Privacy Policy section entitled ‘Information We Collect’ or obtained upon notice to you or based on your consent.”

The update was spotted on developer forums and picked up by tech sites such as MacRumors and 9to5Mac.

Facebook declined to comment.

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