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WhatsApp users watch out – Facebook still has access!

Lately WhatsApp received huge criticism regarding its change in privacy policy which soon gave way to people wondering how they could shield their data from being shared with other businesses. Then soon came the news that put the users at relieve: the news was that simply check the opt out feature in account setting in WhatsApp. This provided relief to all the worried users.

However, now there’s something you should know. Regardless of opting out of sharing data, it turns out that Facebook will still have access to all your personal information including your phone number, your phone’s model and much more!

While opting out does stop WhatsApp sending information to Facebook for “ads and products experiences”, it does not mean that Facebook won’t be able to use information about who people are talking to for its advertising.

So this means that even though Facebook won’t be sharing these personal details for ads WhatsApp will give your contact information to Facebook for purposes other than ads even if you opt out, a WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed, opposing reports that users can choose not to share details such as their phone number.

The choice is limited to whether or not Facebook can use your information for applicable ads and suggesting people you can friend.

So looks like we’re still screwed. To all those people who thought that their data is secured. I’m sorry to break this news, your data is still being transferred to Facebook.

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