How to opt out of WhatsApp’s invasive new privacy terms

Facebook wants to collect all your WhatsApp data.

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End-to-End encryption WhatsApp have activated a feature to protect 1 billion peoples' privacy. Image Picture Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

WhatsApp has recently announced it’ll be sharing users’ data with parent company Facebook.

With more than 1 billion people on the messaging platform, that’s an awful lot of phone numbers, status messages, chats and profile date for Facebook to hoover up and start using for ads.

“Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them.”

The move hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, with many users criticising the app over the change. The company had previously said at the time of its $19 billion sale in 2014 that all user data would be kept private.

Of the new privacy terms, WhatsApp said in a statement: “By coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp.

“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 those concerned about these invasive new change, there are two ways to opt out to stop Facebook pulling your app information.

Allow loaded to take you through these easy steps to keeping your data private. Don’t say we never do anything for you…


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How to opt out of WhatsApp’s Facebook data sharing if you haven’t accepted new terms

  • Wait for the new terms pop-up to show when you open the app
  • Instead of clicking agree, hit the “read more” option
  • Uncheck the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook”.

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How to opt out of WhatsApp’s Facebook data sharing if you have accepted new terms

  • Within 30 days of accepting, head to the settings menu
  • Hit the account tab
  • Uncheck “share my account” info to revoke permissions
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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn