The in-app notification mentioned that WhatsApp will collect and process user’s information going forward. The noteworthy change here was the sharing of user data to Facebook and its subsidiaries. Prior to this update, WhatsApp users had the option to opt out of this service.
Another aspect of the update that concerned many users was that if a user were to enjoy Facebook services through third-party services or Facebook Company Products, they may receive information about you from them. “For example, if you use the WhatsApp share button on a news service to share a news article with your WhatsApp contacts, groups, or broadcast lists on our Services, or if you choose to access our Services through a mobile carrier’s or device provider’s promotion of our Services,” the company said.
However, some parts of the update were welcomed, such as allowing businesses to use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats. More information about WhatsApp’s service becoming transparent along with how it processes user data was also included.
Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg had indicated his interest in merging the three apps (Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp) in the past. The social network has already integrated Messenger rooms with WhatsApp on the Web.