According to the regulator, the information mentioned in the press release “is provided by WhatsApp and disseminated in good faith as a public service information without any liability on the Authority as a result of this information.”
“WhatsApp is still end-to-end encrypted.” but certain data is still shared with Facebook for purposes such as promoting safety and integrity, fighting spam, improving infrastructure and delivery systems and providing integrations which enable users to connect their WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook products, including ads and friend suggestions on the platform.
The data shared by WhatsApp with its parent company mainly includes the user’s “account registration information (e.g. phone number), how users interact with others (including businesses) and the user’s IP address.
For people contacting businesses using ‘WhatsApp for Business App’, the shopping data can be shared with merchants and Facebook to improve their services. However, it doesn’t mean that users will see ads on the messaging application.
There is certain data collected by WhatsApp but the company takes strict “measures to restrict access to that information.” and while the messaging application has access to user contacts, that data is not shared with any third party, including Facebook.
Furthermore, users are required to accept the new terms and conditions to continue using WhatsApp past February 8th, 2021 but failing to do so does not mean that the messaging application will delete user data or the account. It just means that the user “will need to agree to the updates in order to user their account.”
Further details for Pakistani users are provided by WhatsApp in Urdu on their official website.