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

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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…”

Opt_out_whatsapp_privacy_policy

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:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/08/25/whatsapps-new-privacy-policy-lets-it-share-your-phone-number-wit/
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/whatsapp-is-sharing-mobile-numbers-with-facebook-for-advertising-but-theres-a-partial-opt-out_uk_57bf1928e4b035d5604e9483
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/whatsapps-new-privacy-policy-top-10-things-to-know/articleshow/53871426.cms
https://www.androidcentral.com/whatsapp-will-start-sharing-your-phone-number-facebook-you-can-opt-out
https://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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Anirban Dutta
Anirban Dutta
4 years ago

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.

Nitesh jaiswal
Nitesh jaiswal
4 years ago

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.

Hasta Gurung
Hasta Gurung
4 years ago

thank you..

sumeet sharma
sumeet sharma
4 years ago

Thank You.

RAM
RAM
4 years ago

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

Bharat
Bharat
4 years ago

Congratulations, Rajib Singha.
Thanks.
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manish yadav
manish yadav
4 years ago

THANK

manish yadav
manish yadav
4 years ago
Reply to  manish yadav

THANK

MALAY KUMAR MONDAL
MALAY KUMAR MONDAL
4 years ago

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

Mirette
Mirette
4 years ago

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

Alok Soni
Alok Soni
4 years ago

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mithlesh kumar
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

I love it .

Roney
Roney
4 years ago

Thanx for the the useful update!

Sachin
Sachin
4 years ago

cool, thanks

KOUSHIK GOSWAMI
KOUSHIK GOSWAMI
4 years ago

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

L P Sharma
L P Sharma
4 years ago

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

Vijay Bhate
Vijay Bhate
4 years ago

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.

Lakshmy A
Lakshmy A
4 years ago

A very thorough and helpful blog and suggestion .

Thank you

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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Amit Orissa
Amit Orissa
4 years ago

very nice

Riddhiman Panti
Riddhiman Panti
4 years ago

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

Natu Patel
Natu Patel
4 years ago

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.

Rad
Rad
4 years ago

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

sumitkalbande@rediffmail.com
sumitkalbande@rediffmail.com
4 years ago

Thank you.

Varghese Thomas
Varghese Thomas
4 years ago

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

Kulkarni Madhuri
Kulkarni Madhuri
4 years ago

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.

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emo.sagar.01sawlani@gmsil.com
4 years ago

good

N
N
4 years ago

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 !

DHARMVEER KUMAR SINGH
DHARMVEER KUMAR SINGH
4 years ago

THANKS

nirav mistry
nirav mistry
4 years ago

thnk u

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mehtab.is.yours@gmai.com
4 years ago

MANY MANY THANKS… RAJIB SINGHA SIR

dinesh
dinesh
4 years ago

please secure the system

bhagwat jaiswal
bhagwat jaiswal
4 years ago

good

TUSHAR DOSHI
TUSHAR DOSHI
4 years ago

THANK YOU FOR UPDATING US.

Viral Dave
Viral Dave
4 years ago

A Big Thanks to Quick Heal for sharing this information

jitendra Dolatrai Deai
jitendra Dolatrai Deai
4 years ago

I am not holding FACE BOOK account.

Manmohan
Manmohan
4 years ago

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?

madan jha
madan jha
4 years ago

good

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Dehinbo Olusoji
4 years ago

Good man

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4 years ago

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John Antony
John Antony
4 years ago

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.

Ankur
Ankur
4 years ago

Very good information. Thank you Quick Heal and Rajib

K ISHWAR
K ISHWAR
4 years ago

too good

K ISHWAR
K ISHWAR
4 years ago
Reply to  K ISHWAR

THANKS

Somdeb Majumder
Somdeb Majumder
4 years ago

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

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