Yes, the Facebook-owned messaging client will share data with its parent company, but this isn’t a new change. Businesses will be able to contact clients via WhatsApp as some data is shared, but there has been a lot of misinformation. WhatsApp stated that the data-sharing will not be expanded with the new update. It reiterated that the private messages, voice calls, and video calls, aren’t being recorded. The company also said that it doesn’t keep a log of who people are messaging or calling, users location, and other private information.
Businesses that contact users will chat through a secure hosting service and only these communications would be visible to the business users for marketing purposes. This could also be used for advertising on Facebook, but rest assured, no private data will be shared.