After WhatsApp updated its Terms of Service, users have shifted their focus to a new messaging app to move from the Facebook family data collection Terms. For the updated Terms, WhatsApp wants to collect data from its users or get blocked.
In response to the new Terms, many high profiles of individuals are against the new WhatsApp Terms and suggest people should get other WhatsApp alternatives if they intend to keep their data secure.
Last year, the Facebook-owned company said WhatsApp is going update their Terms of Service. Anyone who decides to use WhatsApp must accept the Terms or consider your account blocked.
The new Terms of Service
The update started last week, users now see the WhatsApp Terms of service update, and it causes a stair. The update comes in a pop-up in-app notification, which users can choose to accept or ignore until February 8.
All users must agree to the new Terms by February 8, 2021, or lose access to their chats and contacts. If you want to continue using WhatsApp you will need to accept their Terms.
Agreeing to the Terms will mean that your private data, including your phone number, will be shared with Facebook, which owns WhatsApp.
And apart from WhatsApp collecting your data, the Facebook company apps always collect more data according to a post published by 9to5Mac. Its shows that Facebook Messenger collects more data than Signal and iMessage combined.
And that is way too big for the data collected from the app. And from the looks of things, not all users even know how their data is used.
Facebook claims the data are used for their advertising business — in other too well personalized their ads. But many people are having a trust issue with the company.
Since last week, Telegram and Signal download has increased over time. The download keeps going high as more WhatsApp users switch to these private messaging apps.
If you are worried that your data is collected by the Facebook family of apps, you might as well switch to a better WhatsApp alternatives to better secure your data.
The new Whatsapp Terms of Service update is meant to allow integrations across the Facebook family of apps, includes “Instagram and Messenger.”
Data collected by WhatsApp includes “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”
Device id, user id, advertising data, purchase history, location, phone number, email address, contacts, product interaction, crash data, performance data, other, diagnostic data, payment info, customer support, product interaction, other user content.
Data collected by Telegram includes contact Info, Contacts User ID. Data collected by Signal is just your phone number.
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