WhatsApp’s director of policy for Europe Niamh Sweeney confirmed in a series of tweets that there are no changes to WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices in Europe arising from the latest update and the messaging app will not share data of European users with Facebook. Also Read - Here are some features Signal directly copied from WhatsApp
“There are no changes to WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices in the Europe arising from this update. It remains the case that WhatsApp does not share European Region WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or ads,” Sweeney said in a tweet. Also Read - WhatsApp Web beta users get video, voice calling feature: Report
3/5 There are no changes to WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices in the Europe arising from this update. It remains the case that WhatsApp does not share European Region WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or ads.
— Niamh Sweeney (@NiamhSweeneyNYC) January 7, 2021
In a recent blog post, WhatsApp clarified that the policy update does not affect the privacy of messages of users. This means that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp can see the private messages of users, hear their calls, see the shared location, or share contacts with Facebook.