We know that facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, acquired Whatsapp for $19 billion in 2014. It was declared itself does not intend to make a profit by displaying ads. In fact, in an official statement on their blog, WhatsApp parties have confirmed that they are not interested to use the personal data of users for the benefit of business.
User data that will be shared such as account details, mobile number, device type and operating system used. However, there is no need to worry about the personal or group conversation as they are end-to-end encrypted so even the company cannot read the messages. Moreover images or videos that user share or receive and voice communication at WhatsApp are also secured, these cannot be viewed by anyone except the user and other party to whom he/she send and receive from. Despite all conversations chat in WhatsApp get a guaranteed protected from wiretapping another party due to the end-to-end ecncrypted . But WhatsApp’s decision to share user data to Facebook still raises the suspicion that company will be compromising their users’ privacy for the sake of business.
How to stop Whatsapp sharing your info to Facebook?
WhatsApp has provided 2 ways to stop sharing of WhatsApp.
- Read the updated ‘Terms and Conditions’ before you accept it by Tap read or ‘Read more’ at bottom of the screen.
- After tap read, there is a checkbox or toggle control at the bottom of the screen. If you do not want to let WhatsApp sharing your number/data, then uncheck the box and or toggle the control.
In case you’ve already accepted the new Terms & Conditions without unchecking the box, you still have 30 days to stop it.
You need to go to Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app and uncheck the box or toggle control displayed there if you do not want your number / data shared with Facebook.
You can read the full text of updated ‘Terms of Conditions’ about WhatsApp to shared user data with Facebook here.