Simple way to avoid Whatsapp harvesting your data

By: Andrea Brown
Sep 15, 2016

So I'm sitting a the office and receive an (ironic) group whatsapp message with the heading "Urgent even on 702 it was mentioned" [sic]. Turns out Whatsapp has been sharing our information with Facebook all this time.

Whatsapp announced a few weeks that they ‘want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you.’ That’s a really nice way of saying they’ll harvest your Whatsapp data to be able to better target advertising at you on Facebook. While your encrypted messages will not be shared, Facebook will begin using your telephone number from Whatsapp to improve its offers and other services for you.

Facebook bought Whatsapp for a cool $22 billion back in 2014. Well, that wasn’t just for the trophy case, and we’re starting to see why.

After Facebook blew away Wall Street with its Q2 earnings last month (its 1.71 billion users helped generate the company a cool $6.44 billion in revenues).

If, like us, you just hit ‘Agree’ and carried on chatting, this might be something you want to opt out of, and it takes two seconds to do.

1. Open your Whatsapp. 2. Click on Settings 3. Click on Account 4. You will see 'Share My Account'. (If you read underneath, you will see that all your information from Whatsapp is shared with Facebook) 5. Quickly switch it off. Whatsapp will ask if you're sure. Hells, yeah you're sure. Click on 'don't share my account'.

Don't be caught off guard. If you have mobile banking apps and share secret codes its best to tell them no and switch it off. At the end of the day, at least you know that your nudes are safe.

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