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Whatsapp and facebook data sharing: what you should know

In their blog post last Thursday, WhatsApp announced an update to its terms and privacy policy, the first in four years. And apart from the rest of the fine print, what highlights is the fact that one of the world’s most popular messaging services will now start sharing users’ data with its parent company, Facebook.
Not that WhatsApp tried to cover up the red flag. If anything, the announcement, titled “Looking ahead for WhatsApp,” extols the benefits — both to Facebook and for its own users — that will follow as a result of the increased coordination.
“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. 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.”
WhatsApp was sold to Facebook for $19 billion in 2014, and its CEO John Koum had maintained at the time that the company, which would remain autonomous, would never sell users’ personal information to anyone. Technically, the new development is not selling, but only sharing with the parent company, thereby not violating the stance in letter, but in spirit, it comes across as violating the trust of its users.

How to opt out of sharing data for Facebook ad targeting WhatsApp details two ways to opt out of sharing data for Facebook ad targeting on its blog here.
Firstly if you haven’t already agreed to the new T&Cs you can opt out before agreeing to the new terms by tapping to read the full terms of service and privacy policy — and scrolling to a control at the bottom of the document — where there’s a check-box option for sharing the data which you then untick before hitting agree…

WhatsApp T&CIf you’ve already accepted the new T&Cs without unchecking the box to share your information with Facebook WhatsApp is also offering a thirty-day window to make the same choice — via the settings page in the app.
To exercise your opt out in this scenario you need to go to Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app and uncheck the box/toggle the control displayed there. And do so within the thirty-day window. Presumably, after that, even this partial opt out will expire.

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