Opting out of WhatsApp's information-sharing with Facebook: Does it make a difference?

Published August 30th, 2016 - 12:25 GMT
WhatsApp recently controversially announced that it was changing its terms to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook. (File photo)
WhatsApp recently controversially announced that it was changing its terms to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook. (File photo)

Did you know that you have an option to opt out of WhatsApp's new controversial terms? Did you also know that it won't make a difference if you do opt out, and Facebook can still take information?

The company recently announced that it was changing its terms to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook, which sparked a lot of controversy, especially since both companies committed to keeping user information separate.

However, WhatsApp gave its users an option to opt out of the deal, provided they do it within 30 days. Opting out is pretty simple too, all you have to do is uncheck the 'Share my Account info' option in the Accounts tab within WhatsApp settings. However, opting out does not stop information sharing entirely, leaving some key information to be sent to Facebook with nothing the users can do about it.

Opting out will only stop WhatsApp from sending information to Facebook for ads and product experiences, meaning Facebook wont be able to use information from WhatsApp conversations for advertising purposes. However, it wont opt people out of various other data sharing agreements, which WhatsApp calls "other purposes". These could refer to things like fighting spam and improving security on both platforms, but potentially other uses too.

Rumors are there is an update coming for WhatsApp that allows ads, but WhatsApp has promised that those ads wont be intrusive and still hasn't revealed what they will look like.


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