WhatsApp’s Will Soon Start Sharing Data With Facebook, Expect Ads To Come To The App Soon

We all knew this will happen eventually, ever since Facebook acquired WhatApp. Facebook played smart, the company stayed under the radar, promising that the two apps will remain independent one from another and that users don’t have to worry about their data getting shared with Facebook. They had the nerve of saying that this move won’t endanger user’s privacy, but the sole sharing of phone numbers with Facebook is a clear endangerment of privacy.

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Well, WhatsApp just updated their terms and privacy policy, stating that “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.”

In other words, WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook finally decided that time has come for it to use another huge data mine, and with this move, WhatsApp became just another Facebook’s source of user data. Your phone number will be shared with Facebook, allowing it to spam you more with friend suggestions, better ads, and you’re also be better monitored.

Pamela Clark-Dickson, an analyst at Ovum said to BBC that “When WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook it was able to reassure users that it would remain independent,” and that “Now it’s giving Facebook phone numbers – some might say that’s a betrayal of trust. In a small way, it has gone back on what it said it wouldn’t do.”

So, Facebook now knows all about your phone contacts, your WhatsApp activities so it will able to fill your wall with better ads, and we can’t imagine how phone number data is precious for Facebook. Oh, and guess what? You’ll be bombarded with ads even on WhatsApp; yes, unfortunately as soon as data starts to get shared between two apps, allowing companies to contact you directly offering you various offers. This is horrendous, especially if we look at some previous statements by WhatsApp.

For instance, co-founder of WhatApp, Jan Koum stated before all this circus that “respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA,” and that they won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others, including on Facebook, and still won’t sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers.” The level of hypocrisy in these two statements is immeasurable.

Oh, and take a look at two recent posts by WhatsApp, which played a role of a smart ruse, telling users, between the lines of course, that they will soon face ads in WhatsApp.

“We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam.”

“Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls. We want to test these features in the next several months, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so.”

Is it time to abandon WhatsApp? We think it is, especially since this is just the beginning, there’s no way of predicting what will happen during the next couple of months since both companies showed that they shouldn’t be trusted. Better switch to Telegram, which had an interesting response to the recent change of WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy.

Oh, and you can opt out from data sharing, but in some situations, your data will still be sent to Facebook.

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