iOS - Prevent WhatsApp from syncing with corporate contacts

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Hello everyone,  
we are using Intune for our MDM Solution and deploy iOS devices via the Automated Device Enrollment Program of Apple. And from the "Device Restrictions" we allow the native iOS contact app to synchronise with exchange, because we want the employees to use the contact app for private and corporate contacts, too. Following the necessary Configuration Setting, to allow the synchronization: 
"Allow unmanaged apps to read from managed contacts accounts" 


But when we set this setting to "Yes" we allow the synchronization to all unmanaged apps. 

We want to allow the employees to use WhatsApp with the corporate iPhone but do not want WhatsApp to synchronize with corporate contacts. 

Does anyone know a way to stop WhatsApp synchronizing with corporate contacts but still give the employees the posibility to synchronize the native iOS contact app with corporate contacts? 

Thanks a lot in advance!

5 Replies

@MannAmBass 

unfortunately no solution, yet. 

Hi @mafrank
thanks for your reply. 
Do you have any experience in using this application?
 

Hi  @Marius219,

 

the short answer is yes, since we developed this app based on requirements of our customers.

 

The main idea was to solve these two core problems:

  • Solving GDPR issues when using smartphones
  • Ensure a save and convenient mobile use of any business contacts from any source (Global Address Book, SAP, Salesforce, Dynamics CRM, etc.)

The app is already used by many customers, as well as we use it ourselves. You can also test the app in a standard version for free (30days) easily at any time. All you have to do is go through the quick guide (5 Steps to activate SCA in your Azure Tenant - Secure Contacts App (SCA) (secure-contacts.com)) and ...

 

If you need more information, feel free to contact me via private message.

 

Best regards,

Markus