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Run for privacy.  Those who do not agree to the new terms of WhatsApp will lose the service

Run for privacy. Those who do not agree to the new terms of WhatsApp will lose the service

WhatsApp Communication will begin implementing the controversial new terms of use starting Saturday. Agreeing to it could mean that many of the user’s private data, including a phone number, will be shared with Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. WhatsApp claims that the terms do not in any way reduce the protection of users’ privacy and that it mainly deals with it in order to be able to expand its offering, especially communication with companies. But privacy experts urge caution. The application should work for several weeks for users who do not agree to the new terms, but will gradually reduce their functionality.

WhatsApp wanted to implement the changes in February, but after a wave of criticism, it withdrew from the plan and moved the date to May. He made it clear that he wanted to give users enough time to evaluate the changes. Critics immediately used the competition – especially the communication platforms Signal, Telegram, and iMessage – and indicated that WhatsApp is collecting more data about its users.

“As a security expert, it’s hard for me to advise users to stop using the app. Analyst Zach Dufman on Forbes, a well-known cybersecurity expert, wrote that this communications platform has done more than anyone else to spread secure messages.” But it was seized from Before the world’s most greedy data collection device. He added that from the start it was clear that a settlement would come one day, “referring to the fact that WhatsApp has become the owner of Facebook – the operator of the social network of the same name, which is used by about a quarter of the planet, or about two billion people.

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WhatsApp claims that its platform is more secure than its competitors. “Other apps say they are better because they know less information than WhatsApp. But we think people want reliable and secure apps, although this means WhatsApp will need access to a limited amount of data.”

According to Dufman, there can be no doubt that this is just a “limited amount of data”, as WhatsApp claims. “It’s a complete list of data, and it’s all about identifying you,” he points out. “Nobody ever said Signal, iMessage, or Telegram are unreliable or less secure apps because they collect less information about users,” he adds.

WhatsApp is a free service. Thus, its owner has every right to make it clear that he is collecting this or that data so that he can send advertisements to the users most relevant to them. Dufman points out that “but certainly does not have the right to obscure and deny transparency, indicating that it is a necessary part of the services provided for free.”

The company told the UK server: “After a few weeks of limited functionality, you will not be able to receive calls or notifications, and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.” Watchman.

According to experts, WhatsApp’s privacy concerns have subsided so far, mainly because it has highlighted its reputation as a provider of encrypted communications, while ignoring questions about data collection and sharing with Facebook. “Metadata – that is, data about your data – is just as powerful as the data itself,” said Ian Thornton-Trump, Cyanax’s chief security expert.

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Dufman also questions the relationship between this wide range of users’ personal data and the reliability or security of the app. “Remember, when a product is free, you become a producer yourself. There is nothing complicated about that.”

Facebook strives to enable its business customers to communicate with customers more easily through WhatsApp. However, he confirms that this is just an option – if a WhatsApp user doesn’t care about it, he won’t have to use it. But if he starts using it, the communication between him and the merchant can be stored outside of WhatsApp, and thus outside his encrypted systems, which WhatsApp is proud of in private communications.

According to the experts, if the user agrees to the new terms of use, then there is no need to fear. But WhatsApp’s reluctance to restrict user data collection is a sign that WhatsApp clearly meets the requirements of Facebook, its owner.

“For a lot of us, it’s unrealistic to stop using WhatsApp altogether,” Duffman admits. “But many of us did it through SMS messages, and ironically, we have replaced it with WhatsApp. Is it really time to stop using WhatsApp now? That may be the time.”