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WhatsApp to Share User Info With Facebook

WhatsApp will soon be sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook.

The change comes as the social network revamps its privacy policy to enable businesses to communicate directly with users of the platform.

“People use our app every day to keep in touch with the friends and loved ones who matter to them, and this isn’t changing. But as we announced earlier this year, 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,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

“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, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so.”

The newly updated policy reveals that users’ phone number, profile name and photo, online status, last seen status and receipts will be shared. Content of messages will not be shared.

Users do have an opt-out option available to them, however, by going to Settings > Account to choose not to share their info with Facebook.

Users can get a step-by-step walk-through here.

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  • These two apps belong to a same company “Facebook”. Our data or conversation is not protected anymore. 🙁

  • This is really shocking. I would never want WhatsApp to share my data with Facebook. No matter what happens, but this is a real breach of privacy.

  • If there is no third party ads and spams with an opt-out option available then we welcome it 🙂

  • This was going to happen sooner or later and lo WhatsApp is going to share the data with Facebook.

  • Honestly, it was expected.. I mean, what do you expect from a startup bought with billions of dollars? To make money and expand its reach of course..

    Regards
    jessy

  • What about minors who have WhatsApp? It appears that FB and data sharing will happen even with opting out of ads, which shouldn’t be allowed under any circumstances for those under the age of 18.

  • FB sharing user’s phone number data is not good for privacy point of view, thank you for this useful info.