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WhatsApp to share your phone number with Facebook. Here’s how you can prevent this
August 26, 2016

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The privacy policy of WhatsApp has undergone some change as of 25th August 2016. And here are 10 things that you must know.

1. WhatsApp has announced that it will start sharing your phone number with its parent company Facebook (Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in February 2014). This news comes to light after the company updated its privacy policy.

2. As stated by WhatsApp in its recent blog post, it is sharing your phone number with Facebook to “improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.” This doesn’t mean that you will start seeing advertisements on your WhatsApp app. But, you will start receiving more relevant ads on Facebook and get better friend suggestions.

3. The Privacy Policy also states “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.” This could mean that data such as your mobile’s Operating System, mobile country code, carrier code, screen resolution, and device identifier will also be shared.

4. WhatsApp has stated that your number will be shared with the ‘Facebook family of companies’ – which most likely includes other Facebook acquired companies such as Instagram and VR firm Oculus Rift.

5. Now the big question – can you prevent WhatsApp from sharing your phone number with Facebook? Good news is, you can. WhatsApp is letting users opt out of this. Here’s how to go about it:

Option A
If you are using the latest WhatsApp app, then you will receive the below notification anytime while you are using the app. Don’t tap on the ‘Agree’ button. Tap on “Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy” (fig 1).

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Fig 1

• Uncheck the green box (fig 2).

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Fig 2

• Unchecking means that you do not want WhatsApp to share your number and other data for Facebook ads and product-related purposes. Tap on ‘Agree‘ (fig 3).

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Fig 3

Option B
If you have already agreed to the new terms and conditions, you still have 30-days to reverse your decision.

Open WhatsApp > go to Settings > Account > Uncheck the box given against “Share my account info…”

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Note: If you do not see this option under Settings > Account, there’s no need to panic. It means that you haven’t updated to the latest version or you are yet to receive the notification about the new terms and conditions.

6. We need to understand that the above “opt-out” procedure is partial. This only prevents WhatsApp from sharing your data for Facebook ads and product-related purposes. However, your data will still be shared for other purposes which the company puts as “improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities”.

7. This data-sharing update does not affect your communication on WhatsApp (messages, photos, videos, voice messages, and calls) which continue to be encrypted. This means that they can only be viewed by you and the person you are sending them to.

8. Users who have agreed to the new terms and conditions still have 30-days to express their disagreement. Once this window expires, they won’t be able to opt out.

9. WhatsApp hasn’t provided a comprehensive list of the types of user data it intends to share with Facebook nor anything about how Facebook will be using this data.

10. WhatsApp will continue to be ad-free.

But what if you don’t have a Facebook account?
Your number will still be shared with Facebook even if you are not on the social networking website. But a WhatsApp spokesperson has stated that even if Facebook has your number, it is of use because you don’t have an account there. Your number will not be used to create an account on your behalf.

 

We will be keeping track of this development and update this post accordingly.

If you think this post is helpful, share it with your friends and peers.

 

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/08/25/whatsapps-new-privacy-policy-lets-it-share-your-phone-number-wit/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/whatsapp-is-sharing-mobile-numbers-with-facebook-for-advertising-but-theres-a-partial-opt-out_uk_57bf1928e4b035d5604e9483
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/whatsapps-new-privacy-policy-top-10-things-to-know/articleshow/53871426.cms
http://www.androidcentral.com/whatsapp-will-start-sharing-your-phone-number-facebook-you-can-opt-out
http://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/no-opting-out-of-this-one-whatsapp-will-send-all-phone-numbers-to-facebook/story-Wiu7KYc9muNvMuNLVHRe3O.html

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  1. Anirban DuttaAugust 27, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Thank you QUICK HEAL. I have already agreed to the new terms and conditions by mistake but after reading this article now opt out of this using Option B. Thanks again.

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  2. Nitesh jaiswalAugust 27, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Thank you QUICK HEAL. I have already agreed to the new terms and conditions by mistake but after reading this article now opt out of this using Option B. Thanks again.

    Reply
  3. Hasta GurungAugust 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    thank you..

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  4. sumeet sharmaAugust 27, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Thank You.

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  5. thanx to QH for alerting me because i have already accepted the terms but now i opt out after knowing it.

    Reply
  6. Congratulations, Rajib Singha.
    Thanks.
    Dr Bharat Agrawal
    drbharat_agrawal@yahoo.co.in

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  7. manish yadavAugust 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    THANK

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  8. MALAY KUMAR MONDALAugust 28, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    thank you . though i have deactivated my whats-app account yesterday. app is still in my phone.

    Reply
  9. But this is not harmful right ? It only betters the Facebook ads and allows you to more relevant things and more people that you actually know .
    If it is somehow harmful please explain.
    Thank you

    Reply
  10. Thank You Rajib Singha(Quick Heal Team)

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  11. mithlesh kumarAugust 28, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    GOOD

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    I love it .

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  18. Thanx for the the useful update!

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  19. cool, thanks

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  20. KOUSHIK GOSWAMIAugust 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Thanks Quick Heal and Rajib Singha for this wonderful piece of information.

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  21. Thank, QUICK HEAL. I agreed to the new terms and conditions by mistake now i Uncheck the “share my account info” box

    Reply
  22. Vijay BhateAugust 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Yes, I did agree to the policy and now after knowing from you I preferred to opt out from setting. Thank you Quick Heal and Rajib singha.

    Reply
  23. A very thorough and helpful blog and suggestion .

    Thank you

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    Commendable

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    Excellent Idea

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  26. Amit OrissaAugust 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    very nice

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  27. Riddhiman PantiAugust 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    why ? first windows 10 , now facebook and so many more companies . why do they intrude this much privacy ?

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  28. Thank you QUICK HEAL. I have already agreed to the new terms and conditions by mistake but after reading this article now opt out of this using Option B. Thanks again.

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  29. Will Whatsapp share my account info even if I don’t posses a facebook account?

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    • Rajib Singha Rajib SinghaAugust 30, 2016 at 11:51 AM

      Hi Rad,

      Your number will still be shared with Facebook even if you are not on the social networking website. But a WhatsApp spokesperson has stated that even if Facebook has your number, it is of use because you don’t have an account there. Your number will not be used to create an account on your behalf.

      Regards,

      Reply
  30. sumitkalbande@rediffmail.comAugust 28, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Thank you.

    Reply
  31. Varghese ThomasAugust 28, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Thank you. I have read through your entire message and opted out of Whatsapp sharing my contact info. Really helpful. Thanks a lot.

    Reply
  32. Kulkarni MadhuriAugust 28, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Thank you very much Quick Heal for the article. I have already agreed to the new terms and conditions without reading them by mistake. But after reading this article now I uncheck the share my info. box with the help of Option B. Thanks again.

    Reply
  33. emo.sagar.01sawlani@gmsil.comAugust 28, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    good

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  34. Thank you !
    After reading this post I went to ‘Account’ & found out that I had already accidentally agreed to sharing my number ! Good Heavens ! Day light piracy !!
    Now I have fixed that thanks to this update !
    Thank you !

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  35. DHARMVEER KUMAR SINGHAugust 28, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    THANKS

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  36. nirav mistryAugust 29, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    thnk u

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  37. mehtab.is.yours@gmai.comAugust 29, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    MANY MANY THANKS… RAJIB SINGHA SIR

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  38. please secure the system

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  39. bhagwat jaiswalAugust 29, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    good

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  40. TUSHAR DOSHIAugust 29, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    THANK YOU FOR UPDATING US.

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  41. A Big Thanks to Quick Heal for sharing this information

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  42. jitendra Dolatrai DeaiAugust 29, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    I am not holding FACE BOOK account.

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  43. Fig 1 says ” to continue using WhatsApp it is imperative to agree to the terms and conditions by 25 September 2016″.

    Does it mean; if one doesn’t agree, WhatsApp service will be discontinued on that persons mobile?

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    • Rajib Singha Rajib SinghaAugust 30, 2016 at 11:40 AM

      Hi Manmohan,

      To use any software or hardware, the user has to agree to the Terms and Conditions laid out by the publisher. And this applies to WhatsApp as well.

      Regards,

      Reply
  44. good

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  47. John AntonyAugust 29, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    I use Samsung GT-S 7562 S Duos phone with Android 4.0.4 Ice cream Sandwich and use Whatsapp. I may have clicked Agree by mistake. My problem is : When I go to Whatsapp > Settings > Account , in the Account menu it does not have the “Share my account info” option (It only has Privacy,Security,Change number and Delete my account options). How do I choose Option B to opt out of the new Whatsapp privacy policy ? Is my whatsapp outdated or my mobile not supporting Whatsapp update ? Pls guide.

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  48. Very good information. Thank you Quick Heal and Rajib

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  49. too good

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  50. Somdeb MajumderAugust 29, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Thank you Rajib for this post. I have checked with the update and done what you suggest.

    That’s why I love Quick Heal.

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    Regards.
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  58. Saroj KumarAugust 31, 2016 at 12:30 AM

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  59. Nice

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  60. Is there any way to opt out of sharing info with facebook on a new install of whatsapp? I opted out, but then my phone crashed and when I tried to reinstall whatsapp there is no longer an option to opt out. Does this mean I have no choice now? This is such a betrayal. I do not want Facebook to store metadata about my relationships and who I associate with.

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    Thanks Quick Heal

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  64. Immaculate NakasitaAugust 31, 2016 at 12:45 PM

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  68. GOOD ONE

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  69. argha bhattacharjeeSeptember 1, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    thank you

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  70. I was already unchecked the sharing option, but even thanks for providing detailed information.

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  72. Thanks for the update

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  73. Thanks for information. I have done it.

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  74. Muzammil KaziSeptember 2, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Thank You.

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  75. Thanks

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  80. SANTANU DUTTASeptember 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    This is very nice idea, which may may be spreaded to facebook regularly . So that all become aware of that. I do not use Whats App in my PC.The application to download the offer came but i totally turned down.Thank you for the valuable hints.

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    Thanks Quick Heal

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