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Stop WhatsApp from sharing your phone number with Facebook

WhatsApp announced that it would start sharing some user data (including your phone number) with parent company Facebook.

Today, we’re updating WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years, as part of our plans to test ways for people to communicate with businesses in the months ahead. The updated documents also reflect that we’ve joined Facebook and that we’ve recently rolled out many new features, like end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp Calling, and messaging tools like WhatsApp for web and desktop. You can read the full documents here. We’re notifying everyone on the latest supported versions of our app about these updates, and you’ll be asked to tap ‘Agree’ to accept the updated terms.

 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.


Thanks but no thanks Whatsapp and Facebook.

If you like to keep your data separated, you have the ability to opt-out of this “improved experiences”.

For iPhone users, before you accept WhatsApp’s updated terms and conditions, tap on the up arrow at the bottom of the screen.

Whatsapp_Sharing_Phone_Number_Facebook_1Then tap on the on/off button.

Whatsapp_Sharing_Phone_Number_Facebook_2And tap on “Agree” to opt out.


Congrats, you have opted out!

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