How to Stop WhatsApp Sharing Users Data With Facebook

How to Stop WhatsApp Sharing Users Data With Facebook

WhatsApp claims the latest changes will make the experience better for users
WhatsApp will now pass on users’ .

The latest change – announced on the official company blog – marks a dramatic change for the hugely-successful messaging service.

“Today, we’re updating WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years, as part of our plans to test ways for people to communicate with businesses in the months ahead,” the messenger confirmed.

“Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls.

“And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them.”



Under the new changes, Facebook is able to see the phone number that people have associated with their WhatsApp account.

That allows the US social network to link and track profiles between the two services, helping Facebook gather more data for its advertisements.

WhatsApp claims the changes will make the experience better for its users.

However, WhatsApp is keen to reiterate that users’ encrypted messages will remain private and the California-based firm won’t post, sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers.

“By coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp,” the company explained on its blog.



It is possible to stop the app sharing your phone number with Facebook
But despite these assurances, you still might not want your mobile number to be passed on to Facebook.

Fortunately there is a way to stop it.

If you are an existing user as of August 25, 2016, the app lets you choose whether Facebook can siphon your WhatsApp account information to improve your ads and products experiences across the Facebook family of apps and services.

If you choose to opt out, Facebook will no longer be able to suggest friends or improve the ads you see based on your WhatsApp number.

Your phone number won’t be added to your Facebook profile, and your WhatsApp messages will not be shared onto Facebook for others to see.



The opt-out option is also found in the WhatsApp settings menu, pictured here on Android
The opt out is available when users are invited to read the new privacy policy and terms.

When the new terms and conditions appear as you launch the app, simply press the up arrow in the lower left-hand corner labelled “Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy.”

This lets you trawl through the minutiae of the changes, however, it also loads a toggle that lets users remove their phone number.

According to WhatsApp, this is also available within the app settings on Android for 30 days after you accept the new privacy policy and terms – in case you change your mind.

In a bid to fend off criticism WhatsApp has tried to stop fears about its new terms by stating: “Our belief in the value of private communications is unshakeable, and we remain committed to giving you the fastest, simplest, and most reliable experience on WhatsApp.

“As always, we look forward to your feedback and thank you for using WhatsApp.”

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