- Profile name
- Profile picture
- IP address
- Phone number
- Contacts list
- App logs
- Status Messages
So it is almost everything, other than your conversations. For now, the company said it would share this data with Facebook (its parent company), Onavo, and CrowdTangle.
Previously the company said it would limit account accessibility if a user does not accept the new policy. This caused a kind of chaos and people started shifting to other apps like Telegram and Signal, given WhatsApp a losing end. Besides this, local governments also started intervening while stopping the company from enforcing such harsh policies.
Following this backlash, the company first extended the deadline and now said it would not limit the functionality. In a recent statement to The Verge, a WhatsApp spokesperson said:
Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update.Statement to The Verge
According to various sources, some countries like Germany, Turkey, and India strongly condemned this policy and stood against it.
With time, we see the company is going lenient following the challenges proposed by other counter apps and countries. Nothing is for sure, but who could say the company might step back from this policy.
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