WhatsApp now communicates with Facebook more than ever, and since now, it connects user’s phone number with Facebook’s systems. This measure has been taken to show relevant friend suggestions and serve more interesting ads for the user. However, WhatsApp clearly states that it will not, by any means, share, give, or sell users’ phone numbers to advertisers. It is also worth mentioning that WhatsApp has rolled out end-to-end encryption to protect users’ privacy. All conversations are now encrypted with the indicated encoding method, ensuring that members of conversation can read its content. This also means that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can access user’s private conversations.
WhatsApp cares about user’s preferences and allows them to opt-out account data sharing with Facebook. Users can make this choice within 30 days after agreeing to new terms and conditions, or before agreeing to them. Instructions provided below explain how you can do it:
- Scroll down to see a statement claiming that you agree to share your account data with FB. Tap the box next to it to remove the check mark;
- Tap Agree button then.
If you have already agreed to share your information, you can change your mind within 30 days.
- Go to Settings > Account > Share my account info;
- Deselect this option.