New WhatsApp terms and conditions
WhatsApp can collect a lot of information. This includes battery level, signal strength, app version, connection information, operating system information, mobile network, phone number, IP address, time, time zone, device, and lots of privacy information. Details such as group names, descriptions and photos are also collected. Times when you are online and when you use the service can also be collected by WhatsApp. Briefly; everything you do with WhatsApp can be logged and collected.
In the Netherlands, we do not have to be immediately afraid of sharing user data. A law has determined that this way of sharing data is not allowed in the European Union. This concerns the General Data Protection Regulation, which is abbreviated to GDPR and has been in force since 2018. It does not mean that Facebook cannot access your data in any way. Undoubtedly, further efforts are being made to find ways to comply with the regulations, while also collecting data. At least critics fear this, it is not yet known how this works. Due to the new conditions, users no longer have the option to share a location if you do not give WhatsApp access to location data.
In short, not much will change immediately for citizens of the European Union. We expect to see this only when Facebook finds an option to share data.
Reading tip: 50 indispensable WhatsApp tips you should know