The most popular messaging app “WhatsApp” has introduced new terms of service regarding its user data collection and its usage a few days ago.
When you agree to the new terms means that you are allowing WhatsApp to share your private data with Facebook. This data includes your profile picture, groups, battery level, signal strength, app version, browser , network, contact details, etc. If you don’t accept these new changes, which are applicable from 8 February 2021, you will lose access to your chats and contacts.
Due to these controversial changes, Signal and Telegram apps are getting sudden popularity, especially in India. Tesla chief executive and world’s richest man Elon Musk has also asked the users to join Signal app instead. Edward Snowden has also endorsed using Signal app. We should keep in mind that WhatsApp is using Signal’s encryption technology.
On the other hand, WhatsApp has issued a lengthy clarifying statement .
The update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook. Itdoes 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 that they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month.” (https://www.theverge.com)