HOW IT STARTED: WhatsApp in 2014 said:
If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values. we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously. Our fundamental values and beliefs will not change. Our principles will not change… Speculation to the contrary isn’t just baseless and unfounded, it’s irresponsible. It has the effect of scaring people into thinking we’re suddenly collecting all kinds of new data. Thai’s just not true, and it’s important to us that you know that.
HOW IT’S GOING: WhatsApp Today
The WhatsApp policy states that Facebook will use this information for “understanding how our services or theirs are used,” “improving their services,” “making suggestions for you,” “personalizing features and content,” and “showing relevant offers and ads across the Facebook Company Products.”