Ever since Facebook bought messaging service WhatsApp in 2014, there's been a voluntary wall of separation between the two, with WhatsApp pledging not to share personal info with its new parent. Well, not anymore. Facebook has decided to end that and WhatsApp has announced it will be sharing some personal information, including phone numbers, with its parent company.
The move could allow businesses to reach new levels as advertisers, although WhatsApp is trying play up connectivity as a plus. You could hear from a "bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction," WhatsApp says on its blog, ignoring the fact that banks already contact customers about this.
Motherboard has spotted two ways to around the move, though. One of them involves delaying agreeing to the new WhatsApp terms of service. Don't click agree at first, but go to the smaller "read more." Once you wade into the details, you'll see that WhatsApp allows users to uncheck a box that reads "Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook..." Uncheck it!
If you've accepted the terms already, you've still got thirty days to opt out. Go to the settings menu and press the account tab. Uncheck the box reading "Share my account info" to stop providing Facebook with your user data.
From: Popular Mechanics
Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com