New Privacy Update By Whatsapp; More Demand Of Telegram And Signal

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Recently messaging Application WhatsApp updated the terms of service where it forces its users to the new privacy rules or else loses access to the application. When the app opened an in-app notification jumped up to where it informed the users of the changes made in the new privacy policy.

The new terms didn’t go well with the users and they were outraged on other social media sites. Due to which the other two messaging applications – Signal and Telegram have now witnessed an unexpected demand after the new rules of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp also uses Signal’s encryption technology asked the user to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data, including phone numbers and locations. As per the company’s new terms of service and privacy policy the rule will come into effect on 8th February 2021. If the users need to continue to use the app then they have to accept the new terms of service if not then they will lose access to the application. updated policy no longer indicates that users would be able to choose whether they want their data to be shared with Facebook or not.

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 As per the data analytics firm, Sensor Tower over 100,000 users have installed Signal over the last two days across the app stores of Apple and Google, and Telegram was installed by nearly 2.2 million. While the new WhatsApp install dropped by 11 percent in the first week of 2021 but the app still amounts to an estimated 10.5 million downloads globally.

After the outrage, WhatsApp issued a clarification where it stated that the latest change is only applicable for business chats on the platform and the update does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook, and it does not impact how people communicate privately.

In an official statement, the company stated- “As we announced in October, WhatsApp wants to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp. While most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, increasingly people are reaching out to businesses as well. To further increase transparency, we updated the privacy policy to describe that going forward businesses can choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp. Though of course, it remains up to the user whether or not they want to message with a business on WhatsApp.”

The statement further stated – “The update does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world. WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the next month.”

News Source – OpIndia

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