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Friday, August 26, 2016

WhatsApp To Share Users' Phone Numbers with Facebook

The instant messaging app has updated its privacy policy, allowing owner Facebook more access to user data, including their phone numbers. The move is intended to help advertisers target their customers more efficiently.





"By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads," a press release by WhatsApp said on Thursday. It would however not "sell, share or give" users' numbers to advertisers, it added.

Its policy on encrypted messages would also remain the same. "Even as we coordinated with Facebook in the month ahead, your encrypted messages stay private, and no one else can read them... Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, not anyone else," the statement said.

Existing users can also opt out of the sharing policy after accepting the updated policy or changing the account settings within the first month. If users accept, they have 30 more days to opt out of sharing their data with Facebook.
Controversial move


WhatsApp's updated policy means that the company will also provide users' device information, including type of operating system and other smartphone characteristics. Facebook will employ the phone number only internally to identify WhatsApp users better, so it can help advertisers with their target groups.

The ads would come through a special Facebook program called "Custom Audiences," which lets a company upload consumer data on Facebook. Facebook then matches the list with its list of customers and shows them tailored ads. User data is not given out to advertisers.



The latest move could cause controversy, especially from privacy advocates who warned that Facebook could start mining WhatsApp's user data when Facebook acquired WhatsApp two years ago. In 2014, the US Federal Trade Commission warned the companies against changing how they employed user information without their consent.

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30 comments:

  1. Cool.

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    1. who's been getting this message from whatsApp, that WhatsApp will no longer be available for Q10 phones

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    2. Me too but na BB Torch I dey use. They no well ni

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    3. I think it's with all blackberries so I heard.

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    4. You have d option to disconnect your watsapp details from facebook simply by deselecting d box before u click on Agree

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  2. Off to delete my whatsap!!! That's invading privacy nau. Infact na fb I go delete.
    Longhiss

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    1. Very annoying, I don't who sent them.

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    2. Real invation of privacy. How will they be sharing my phone number without permission? Eho send them msg?

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  3. Noooo, something is gradually getting outa hand, lol! People will soon be exposed, no privacy on SM, scary, whatsapp better not share my number o.

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    1. did u see the access fb has to phones?its crazy.the want access into everytin on ur fone and the mb to download is huge.i have deleted mine abeg.if i want to use it i log in on my browser.no privacy anymore.end time internet

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    1. Eka are you mentally OK?

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  5. Blackberry's sugar daddy. Stingy ass woman26 August 2016 at 08:45

    Why telling us now? Y'all been sharing/ selling our informs for years naa.
    #Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram #same person #owner

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  6. proudlyalinguist26 August 2016 at 09:00

    Who send them? ?

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  7. End time thing. All is getting set for the antichrist to take over. No buying or selling unless you have the mark. He that has an ear let him hear. The end is near.

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  8. This is going to be interesting

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  9. Hmm, Na una sabi o! anyhow wen una do we dey una hand, faceaook! whatsap! na una get am..

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  10. No wonder blackberry is parting the way with them . Awon ode

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  11. Noted buh this is invasion of privacy.

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  12. ok. i no too understand the English sha

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  13. Pls how can I delete my bbm pin from Facebook, pple chat me up n say they got my pin from Facebook.thanks

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  14. One can choose not to share the app with your Facebook, you can still maintain your privacy but I don't see any privacy been involved before now cos all infos are been visible to the operators..

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  15. It's not only blackberry that will no longer use whatsapp.... It's all phones

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