- 27th August, 2016 | 1360 views
How to Opt out of Whatsapp and Facebook new data sharing policies
When Mark Zuckerberg bought out Whatsapp $19bn in 2014 many of us saw through the explanation helping the world to connect even more. This was all about money, big money gathered from advertising revenue. Facebook has revolutionised the way we advertise products with every business having ability to spend something on Facebook whether large or small.
This week Whatsapp have announced they will be sharing data with parent company Facebook. The company says that the information will be used for ads on Facebook and WhatsApp, as well as helping to improve the messaging platform.
Although chances are that you are more likely to get adverts in your news feed about your discussions rather than your information being leaked to all and sundry, it is rather worrying that someone can see your private conversations and use it for their own benefit.
Is there a way to opt out? There is if you know how, it has emerged that there is a hidden way of opting out of the terms, and ensuring that no data is sent over to Facebook. But it has to be done quickly.
There are two main ways of opting out of the new terms, one of them fairly simply and the other ever so slightly more complicated.
The first way can only be done if you haven’t accepted the new terms, using the pop-up that will emerge when you open up WhatsApp. If you haven’t, wait until that happens but don’t click “agree” – instead navigate to the smaller “read more” option, and untick the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook”.
If you’ve already accepted those new terms, you can still opt out – as long as it’s within 30 days. You can do that by heading to the settings menu in the app, and pressing on the account tab – there you’ll find a “share my account info” button that you can undress and revoke your permission.
As they are saying the sharing of this data is mainly for ads we can only see you seeing less ads as a consequence of this and your normal whatsapp service should be exactly the same.
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