Although users of the messaging tool have been allowed to opt-out of such services until now, WhatsApp is giving individuals an ultimatum to either agree to the terms and privacy policies in place or for people to simply stop using the program and uninstall it.
Apart from this, the contact details and address book information may also be shared by the company, reveals The Verge.
The announcement left many users surprised, despite Facebook saying it already disclosed the terms and conditions in October of last year.
While the changes may affect users from around the globe, this will not take effect for those living in Europe, with The Verge saying the messaging platform is not authorized to share personal data geared towards ad-targeting purposes.
This was since clarified by the WhatsApp director of policy for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Niamh Sweeney in a series of tweets.
Following this, Elon Musk has urged the public to switch to other messaging platforms, with his tweet simply saying “Use Signal.” According to Tech Crunch, Signal is also a messaging app that promises users encrypted messaging.