The WhatsApp instant message, which is owned by Facebook, has also started to show users in Finland a screen asking them to accept the new terms of use and privacy policy.

If you do not accept them, WhatsApp will expire on February 8th.

According to Ars Technica and PCMag, this is a significant change in the way WhatsApp shares information with Facebook.

Where previously users had the option to opt out of data sharing, this time the only option to opt out is to stop using the service.

According to news services, WhatsApp is now forcing the sharing of, among other things, the phone number, profile name and photo of the parties with whom the user has been in contact and the payments made in the app.

WhatsApp is very vague about what exactly the changes are and how the information provided will be used.

However, conditions appear to be more severe in the rest of the world than in the EU.

The EU Privacy Terms for the Service are missing sections that are mentioned in the World Privacy Terms.

Elsewhere, the information is used to recommend friends, personalize content, and display more appropriate ads on various Facebook products.

Mention of the company's own Facebook Pay payment service on WhatsApp is also missing from the EU privacy policy.

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When Facebook bought WhatsApp, it promised in the year not to share users ’phone numbers from WhatsApp to Facebook.

Most recently, in 2016, WhatsApp promised not to share information with Facebook.

The promise is equally readable on the WhatsApp blog.

This is not the first time Facebook has resorted to questionable means of obtaining people’s phone numbers.

The second year revealed that Facebook is angling people’s phone numbers in three different ways without their knowledge and use without their consent.

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WhatsApp has already decided to start releasing the data to Facebook, which bought the instant messenger in 2014 for $ 13.8 billion.

In 2016, WhatsApp began sharing Facebook phone numbers with Facebook, contrary to the promise not to do so.

This could then be refused.

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According to WhatsApp, the change is now about communicating with companies and their ability to store and manage chats within Facebook.

According to the representative, nothing will change about how WhatsApp shares information about other chats or account information.

It remains to be seen whether the expanding sharing of information is now limited to corporate chats.

It could be the first step in breaking down the wall between WhatsApp and Facebook more widely later.

Under the new terms, Facebook reserves the right to share the information collected with its business family.

On the other hand, it is also unclear to what extent European users will be affected by the changes.

WhatsApp's revised Privacy Policy in Europe is not one-size-fits-all with the version that WhatsApp presents elsewhere.

WhatsApp requires you to accept the new terms of use or the app will expire in a month.