Agreeing to the terms will mean that a user’s private data, including their phone number, will be shared with Facebook, which owns WhatsApp.
All users must agree to the new terms by 8 February 2021, or else lose access to their chats and contacts.
The update comes in the form of an in-app notification, which users can choose to ignore until the date arrives.
“By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the notification states.
“After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account.”
The update is designed to “offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products”, which also includes Instagram and Messenger.
Data collected includes “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”