How to stop WhatsApp sharing your data with Facebook

Well it has been on the cards since Facebook bought WhatsApp but as of today the messaging app will now begin to share your information with Facebook. You might think, ‘so what, Facebook owns WhatsApp’ but it is not that simple.

Many people still don’t have a Facebook account, yet do have a WhatsApp account so Facebook is still going to receive those phone numbers and other information. Furthermore some people use WhatsApp for work and Facebook for personal use and do not want any kind of crossover.

All is not lost though as you can still opt out, upon opening WhatsApp for the first time today you will see the following message.

WhatsApp

Instead of clicking ‘Agree’ click the blue link for ‘Read out Terms and Privacy Policy’, when you do you will see the below screen:

WhatsApp

Uncheck the ‘Share my WhatsApp’ tick box and then click agree, this way you are opting out from having your account information shared. Interestingly there is some confusing about phone number sharing, as you see above WhatsApp clearly state that phone numbers will not be shared yet the Privacy Policy says:

Nothing you share on WhatsApp, including your messages, photos, and account information, will be shared onto Facebook or any of our other family of apps for others to see, and nothing you post on those apps will be shared on WhatsApp for others to see.

Note the omission of phone number in the above excerpt.

So if you don’t want your info shared then get into WhatsApp now while the ability to opt out is still there, you must accept the new terms and condition by September 25th either way.

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