In the notification screen, users are referred to a page on the WhatsApp website. There it says, among other things: "Many businesses rely on WhatsApp to communicate with their customers and clients. We work with businesses that use Facebook or third parties to help store and better manage their communications with you on WhatsApp."
There, WhatsApp users are informed that they are "providing" the following information: account information, messages, "connections" (groups and uploaded contacts), status information, transactions and payment data, device and connection data, location information and usage information.
If these changes have put you off the prospect of using WhatsApp any longer, one alternative you might like to consider is Signal. But if you decide to stick with it, here's how to use WhatsApp on Mac.
This all presents an opportunity to Apple - read: Apple iMessage for Android: the time has come.
This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by David Price.