What­sApp and FB to share phone numbers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Reuters let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing ser­vice What­sApp said on Thurs­day it will start shar­ing users’ phone numbers with par­ent Face­book Inc, mark­ing a no­table shift in its stance on pri­vacy.

When Face­book bought What­sApp in 2014, founder Jan Koum vowed to pro­tect data of its users, say­ing the deal would not af­fect its pri­vacy pol­icy.

The change in pol­icy, What­sApp’s first since the deal, will al­low for more rel­e­vant ad­ver­tise­ments and friend rec­om­men­da­tions on Face­book, ac­cord­ing to a What­sApp blog post.

What­sApp, how­ever, sought to re­as­sure users by say­ing that it would not sell, share, or give users’ phone numbers to ad­ver­tis­ers.

The com­pany also main­tained that mes­sages on the ser­vice were en­crypted by de­fault and that it would not al­low ban­ner ad­ver­tise­ments from third par­ties.

“Our be­lief in the value of pri­vate com­mu­ni­ca­tions is un­shake­able,” What­sApp said in the post. Koum had out­lined his ap­proach to pri­vacy in a blog post af­ter the deal with Face­book, draw­ing on his own ex­pe­ri­ences of grow­ing up in Ukraine dur­ing the Soviet era. Some users, how­ever, were not con­vinced by the shift in What­sApp’s stance.

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