With the new policy, WhatsApp is well and truly a Facebook product now and no longer has any autonomy left. This updated policy means significant impact on users and how their data is used. So, taking a deep dive, here's what you need to know as a WhatsApp user:
What will not change
The one thing that remains the same is that your messages are still end-to-end encrypted.
What is going to change
What data does WhatsApp collect?
We have told you about this already, you can read details here. But just to remind you, WhatsApp collects data on - “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)”.
What information is going to be shared with Facebook?
No banner ads on WhatsApp, yet
Where will your data be stored?
Deleting your WhatsApp account will not secure your data
Be careful while talking to Business accounts on WhatsApp
This essentially means what when you interact with a business on WhatsApp, there is no knowing how your data is going to be used and it could also be shared with third-party service providers.