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WhatsApp To Start Handing Over User Information To Parent Company Facebook In Its New Policy

WhatsApp is to start handing over user information to parent company Facebook , in a huge reversal of its previous policies.

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy for the first time in four years, indicating that it will have deeper integration with Facebook and will start testing more services on the app in the coming months. 

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The company has long been committed to ensuring that WhatsApp user data remains private – telling users when it was acquired by Facebook that “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible”.

But it has just announced that it will be making a change to those policies.

WhatsApp confirms it will share phone numbers with Facebook. In a separate FAQ post, WhatsApp says this on Facebook integration, “For example, once you have accepted our updated Terms and Privacy Policy, we will share some of your account information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies, like the phone number you verified when you registered with WhatsApp, as well as the last time you used our service.”

WhatsApp says that the change has been made to help make the experience better for its users.

WhatsApp has indicated in the past it is looking at working with businesses like banks, flights etc in order to help them connect with customers. In short, the SMS message you get from your bank might soon start coming on your WhatsApp account itself, and the company’s new privacy policy is updated to reflect this change.

 

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