Geo Pakistan reached out to digital rights expert Usama Khilji to explain the impact of the new policy.
Khilji, who is also a director at digital rights organisation Bolo Bhi, said that one-to-one conversations between users will “remain encrypted”.
However, he explained WhatsApp will now provide “some information” to its parent company Facebook.
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Khilji said WhatsApp will now be able to share a user’s status, mobile being used, internet and the phone number and IP address being used by an account.
“They will use this information to target you through Facebook ads,” said the Bolo Bhi director.