WhatsApp has said that users will soon have to share information with its parent company, Facebook, if they are to keep using the service.
The change will take place on 8 February – but it won’t apply to EU or UK customers.
Why is Europe exempt?
This is in part because of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), but also a result of an existing agreement with the Irish Data Protection Commission and other European data protection authorities.
Facebook has since confirmed that customers in the EU and UK would not be subject to the data-sharing changes, although they are required to accept new terms.
But a spokesperson for Facebook assured users that “it is still the case that WhatsApp does not share European region WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or advertisements.”
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