The popular messaging app didn’t do a great job at hiding these objectionable Terms of Service as the WhatsApp update tracker WABetaInfo got hold of them recently. The website posted a new list of ToS which reveals the company will be sharing personal information with “Facebook companies” although “it [information] will only be used to provide services to WhatsApp.”
Though it doesn’t clarify whether this translates into enhanced tracking, ToS reaffirms that “nothing you share on WhatsApp, including your phone number, will be shown on Facebook or any of the Facebook Company Products, unless you choose to show it.”
In addition, the ToS states that sharing posts from Facebook-owned platforms like Instagram will be soon easier on WhatsApp. The app will also work with products under the Facebook banner to promote and extend the services to users on other platforms.
WhatsApp is also working on certain features to help businesses get adjusted to the app faster as the per the Terms of Service. These include collaborating with Facebook companies to offer users with “sponsored content/ ads from these businesses.”
Finally, the new Terms of Service reveal the WhatsApp shares information with other Facebook Companies to ensure the safety of users on the platform by removing things like hate speech, dangerous activity, and abusive content. However, in this section, the company admits that they will share the personal information such as phone numbers, profile names, businesses you interact with, device details and sponsored content/ads. This will allow them to provide better security and improvement of services.