WhatsApp wants to share data with Facebook

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WhatsApp has announced changes to its terms and conditions. The messaging giant can now exchange information with Facebook. Also WhatsApp had clarified that messages are encrypted and the service shows ways in which companies can communicate with their customers via WhatsApp.

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The amended WhatsApp terms and conditions should, according to a blog post, reflect that WhatsApp has belonged to Facebook since 2014. The merger with Facebook, and the exchange of data, justifies – among other things – that the integration with 'Facebook-systems' enables it to better combat spam. Also WhatsApp can learn so more about the habits of its users.

Connect WhatsApp account information with Facebook is helpful for WhatsApp because Facebook can better suggest friends and show more appropriate advertising.

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WhatsApp clarifies end-to-end encryption

At least for the contents of chats, WhatsApp conversations will be hidden from Facebook. The established end-to-end encryption prevents this. It should also be true for third parties, advertisers or others.

In the future it should be possible for the company to contact you via WhatsApp in your contacts. WhatsApp calls, for example, should have the ability to send shipment and delivery notifications or to get information about a flight status. It has been known that WhatsApp would open its messenger for these services and chat bots.

In order to offer similar services, the change of the terms and conditions was necessary. These can be found on WhatsApp's website.

Are the new conditions of WhatsApp acceptable to you? Or you think the new rules are problematic? Will you agree with the logic of your WhatsApp account being connected with Facebook? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Vorrior Koushik Aug 26, 2016 Link to comment

    whatsapp's primary feature of end to end chat wil be reuined, it is of no use to learn about someone in private, what is ther with something which is of totally private to move into public together.
    why does facebook want watsapp data, doesn't it have enough already to capture the users.
    something is not right here.

  • Sherzod Abdujabborov Aug 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Without such changes Whatsup (or any European or North American messenger per se) will not be able to compete against messengers like WeChat. WeChat is a one-stop shop for everything - ordering tickets, getting a hairdresser for your dog and checking when the next Marvel movie is out. Such services require exchange of some personal info (location, preferences, etc.). However, this exchange can be user-validated. If user don't want, their messenger should remain just a messenger.

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    Deactivated Account Aug 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Another example of why I will never use social media. People though away their privacy and have it shared with everyone.

  • Jerry's W. Aug 25, 2016 Link to comment

    What if I have WhatsApp but no Facebook? I really think Facebook s#cks bad.
    I also read I have 25 days to choose as existing user if I want to share with Facebook or not, w.a. website says in WhatsApp I could set this under: settings, account. When I look there I see no such option whatsoever??

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    • Thime Aug 26, 2016 Link to comment

      There's an opt-out option at the whatsapp site. Also: Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app. If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control.

      • Jerry's W. Aug 26, 2016 Link to comment

        thank you but in settings -account there is no option like you say. :-S

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