In the year 2016, WhatsApp started sharing data automatically with Facebook but people had the option of not sharing their data with the latter. A report which came out last week mentioned that WhatsApp would start sharing the data of its users with Facebook from February 8. And, unlike the earlier policy, users would not have the option to opt-out.
WhatsApp has further stated that the app was built on a very basic idea. It was launched with the aim of ensuring better communication between people in one’s personal and professional space without the threat of any privacy breach. It has laid emphasis on the fact that the company protects the secrecy of personal conversations with the help of end-to-end encryption. Because of this, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook gets direct access to private messages.