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WhatsApp privacy changes 2021 explained: Facebook introduces new policy to app!

WhatsApp privacy changes 2021 explained: Facebook introduces new policy to app!”

A new updated privacy policy has landed Facebook-owned WhatsApp in deep water as many users grow increasingly suspicious of their privacy on the app. Users must agree to the new terms or they will lose access to their WhatsApp accounts.

In this context, Facebook too must suspend data sharing and announce its move to all users, the statement said. The data collected by this like your contact numbers, your name, etc.is very safe according to their privacy level.

Musk was referring to the encrypted messaging app that serves as an alternative to chat applications like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Apple's messaging service.

Musk, following WhatsApp's new privacy policy update, took a jibe at the Facebook-owned platform and tweeted, "Use Signal".

"Signal" is taking over the markets of WhatsApp in India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong and Switzerland and has achieved top positions. However, it won't be easy for current WhatsApp users to transition to Signal or other apps especially in Malaysia.

"There are no changes to WhatsApp's data sharing practices in the European region [including UK] arising from the updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy", said a spokesperson to The Independent.

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Arguably the biggest change surrounds how WhatsApp handles data with its parent company Facebook.

As of February 8, the personal data of all WhatsApp users around the world can be used by Facebook to provide services to businesses, particularly in the area of customer relations. "Though of course, it remains up to the user whether or not they want to message with a business on WhatsApp". The app uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos.

With that said, Signal has indirectly become a new competitor for WhatsApp.

Ironically, WhatsApp uses Signal's end-to-end encryption protocol to secure users' chats.

In order to delete your WhatsApp account, you have to go to Settings and Account and there click on Delete Account, as mentioned, this is the only way for you to use other platforms like Telegram.

The spurt in the app's popularity can be attributed to a push from privacy advocates globally who have concerns regarding the recent developments at WhatsApp.



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