The pop-up is alerting users of Whatsapp’s intention to share data with social media platform, Facebook. Users are only given two options, to agree or visit the help centre through the link to delete their account. This said, many users have simply clicked to agree to the terms without reading through the fineprint.
Whatsapp’s website further describes the information Whatsapp shares with Facebook.
“WhatsApp currently shares certain categories of information with Facebook Companies.” the website reads.
What is most interesting however, is that the policy changes are only applicable to users outside Europe and the UK.
Facebook said users in the regions would not see the data sharing changes but would need to accept the updated terms. The exception has been viewed as a win for EU privacy regulators.
Facebook issued a statement confirming that the changes would not affect the European region.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, it is still the case that WhatsApp does not share European region WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or advertisements,” a spokesperson said.
However, Facebook says it will not use Whatsapp data for the specified purposes as it is still in negotiation with European Data Protection bodies.
The new update has prompted notable personalities such as Tesla Founder, Elon Musk urge users to switch to more secure messaging platforms such as Signal.
Signal has reported a surge in registrations, urging users to be patient as they wait for their confirmation codes as there was a delay.
“Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.” Signal said in a tweet.