Know How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your contact list data with Facebook

From September Last week WhatsApp will be sharing account information with Facebook for better user  advertising experience.

WhatsApp just changed its terms and conditions, which will now allow it to share information, with your facebook account such as your phone number, Follow this simple steps to avoid sharing your data with facebook.

What information is being shared with Facebook?

The updated WhatsApp FAQ page says that the phone number you used to sign up for WhatsApp with will be shared, as well as the last time you used the service.

Thanks to end-to-end encryption, Facebook will not be able to see your messages, photos or other media you share. Only you and the person you send messages to will ever be able to see that information. And any information that is shared by WhatsApp will not be publicly visible to anyone using Facebook. Meaning, if WhatsApp shares your phone number with Facebook, it won’t fill in the phone number field on your profile and make it visible to anyone.

 Why is your information being shared?

The FAQ page says sharing your information with Facebook will help the two companies “coordinate more.” The claim is that it will help them “fight spam and abuse” more efficiently, as well as — and this is likely the bigger and more feasible reason — “improve your experiences within [Facebook] services” through targeted ads.

Will there be ads on WhatsApp now?

As per Whatsapp Blog : In the future, we will explore ways for you and businesses to communicate with each other using WhatsApp, such as through order, transaction, and appointment information, delivery and shipping notifications, product and service updates, and marketing. For example, you may receive flight status information for upcoming travel, a receipt for something you purchased, or a notification when a delivery will be made. Messages you may receive containing marketing could include an offer for something that might interest you.

We do not want you to have a Spamy experience; as with all of your messages, you can manage these communications, and we will honor the choices you make.

Know How to opt -out of sharing data with Facebook ad-targeting purposes:

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone.
  • On Android, tap the action overflow button in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  • On iOS, tap the Settings tab in the lower right corner.
  • Select Account.
  • Tap the check mark to the right of Share my account info.
  • To disable the feature, tap Don’t Share.
  • Follow below screen shots for Live Example
Know How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your whatsapp contact list data with Facebook.
Know How to opt -out of sharing data with Facebook ad-targeting purposes: Screenshot by The Hacker News

The pop-up that appears reads, “If you tap ‘Don’t Share’, you won’t be able to change this in the future.” And they mean it. After you follow through with this action, the option will no longer be visible from the Account section of Settings and there is no turning back.

However, WhatsApp states Facebook will still receive your data in some situations.

Source & Tips Credits – Whats App &   Cnet 

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