WhatsApp’s Updated Terms Include Sharing User Data to Facebook – How to Stop it?

Last Updated On : Friday, August 26, 2016
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WhatsApp the popular messaging platform has updated their terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years. Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in 2014, during that time co-founder of WhatsApp confirmed in the blog post, that the privacy of user data will be kept confidential.

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.

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But now, the company has announced that it will share the user data with its parent company Facebook for better connections and to allow businesses to messages its user in coming days. As per the new policy, your phone number registered with WhatsApp will be linked to Facebook databases, but it won’t be shared with any third parties. But, they use your number to suggest better connections and related ads for you. Still, no ads will be placed inside WhatsApp is the only good thing about the updated privacy terms.

We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam. 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. We want to test these features in the next several months.

We’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. 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. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of.

How To Stop WhatsApp from sharing the User data to Facebook:

You can stop your WhatsApp account from sharing the data to Facebook. Here are the steps to do the same.

1. After the new update rolled out, you will be notified of the new terms and privacy policy.

2. Click on the Read link and scroll down. You will find Share my account information with Facebook with a check box.

3. Uncheck the box to stop sharing the user data and then Agree.

WhatsApp's Updated Terms include sharing user data to Facebook

If you have checked the box accidentally, you can still disable it within 30 days.

1. Open WhatsApp and go to settings.

2. Under Settings > Account – Find Share my account info.

3. Untick the checkbox to stop sharing the data with Facebook.

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