WhatsApp Privacy Policy (UK)

Read our summary of WhatsApp's Privacy Policy (UK).


  • WhatsApp messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted.
  • You have control over who you communicate with on WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp collects various types of information, including account, usage, and device information.
  • WhatsApp shares information with other Meta companies for service provision and improvement.
  • You can manage your privacy settings within the app.
  • WhatsApp uses cookies for web-based services.
  • WhatsApp retains information for as long as necessary for various purposes, including legal obligations.
  • Information may be transferred to other countries, including outside the UK.
  • You can request a copy of your WhatsApp account information.
  • WhatsApp may preserve information for legal reasons even after account deletion.
  • WhatsApp may receive information about you from other users.
  • You can delete your WhatsApp account at any time.
  • WhatsApp does not allow third-party banner ads on its services.
  • WhatsApp may share your information with law enforcement or government agencies.
  • You can exercise your rights, including data access and deletion, through in-app features.
  • WhatsApp may update its Privacy Policy and will notify users of changes.

Things to watch out for

  • WhatsApp shares your information with other Meta companies and third-party service providers, which could impact your privacy.
  • Your information may be transferred internationally, including to countries with different data protection laws.
  • WhatsApp retains the right to preserve information for legal reasons or in response to legal requests.

AI recommendations

When using WhatsApp, it's important to adjust your privacy settings to your comfort level, especially regarding who can see your information and how you share your location. Be aware that your data is shared with other Meta companies and may be transferred internationally. If you're concerned about your information being shared with law enforcement or government agencies, consider the types of information you share on the platform. Regularly review the Privacy Policy for any updates that may affect your data.


How does WhatsApp use my information?

WhatsApp uses your information to operate and provide its services, improve user experience, communicate with you, and ensure the security of the platform. Your information is also shared with other Meta companies and third-party service providers.

Can I control who sees my information on WhatsApp?

Yes, you can control who sees your "last seen", profile photo, "about" information, and status updates through the app's privacy settings. You can also manage who can add you to groups.

What happens to my information if I delete my WhatsApp account?

When you delete your account, your information is deleted from WhatsApp servers, and you are removed from all groups and communities. However, WhatsApp may retain certain information for legal reasons or in response to legal requests.

(Last updated: 18th December, 2023)

Original document

Like what you see?

Install our Chrome Extension to see summaries for any site, on the go.