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WhatsApp to go ahead with changes despite backlash

WhatsApp is set to go ahead with changes despite receiving backlash.

The messaging app - which is owned by Facebook - is pushing ahead with controversial changes to its terms of service after claiming to have "misinformed" users on the upcoming adjustments.

Users believed the update would allow the app to share large amounts of data with Facebook but WhatsApp are introducing a banner that will explain what will be shared.

The app says the data it shares with its parent company does not include messages, groups or call logs but the new terms focus on changes to allow users to message businesses.

WhatsApp already allows Facebook to view a users P address and information about your phone, as well as purchases made via the platform - except for in the UK and Europe where privacy laws are different.

However, privacy experts have noted how the issue has highlighted how little users know about their privacy with technology and social media.

Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, said: "In its efforts to clarify that isn't doing anything wrong, Whatsapp has in fact inadvertently highlighted that it was already harvesting huge amounts of data for Facebook."

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