WhatsApp and Facebook to share users' data outside Europe and UK
WhatsApp is forcing users to agree to sharing information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service.
The company warns users in a pop-up notice that they "need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp" - or delete their accounts.
But Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, said European and UK users would not see the same data-sharing changes, although they will need to accept new terms.The exception has been welcomed by some as a victory for EU privacy regulators. The deadline in both regions to accept the change is 8 February, after which "you'll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp", the company said in the pop-up alert to users.
The move has prompted some people online - including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk - to call for users to switch to other more privacy-focused messaging services like Signal and Telegram.
Here's the full article from the BBC News Technology website: