WhatsApp key updates include more information about:
- WhatsApp service and how it processes your data.
- How businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats.
- How it partners with Facebook to offer integration across the Facebook Company Products.
In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had indicated towards an interoperable system where WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger can be used interchangeably.
Users will be required to provide additional information if they want to use a particular service. “Our services have optional features which, if used by you, require us to collect additional information to provide such features. You will be notified of such a collection, as appropriate. If you choose not to provide the information needed to use a feature, you will be unable to use the feature,” WhatsApp published on its website.
“For example, you cannot share your location with your contacts if you do not permit us to collect your location data from your device. Permissions can be managed through your Settings menu on both Android and iOS devices,” it added.
WhatsApp also asserted that it offers end-to-end encryption for its services, which protects the messages from being read by WhatsApp and third parties.