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WhatsApp are users criticising the new privacy policy

Karachi: Now that WhatsApp has made some serious adjustments and introduced new privacy policies. It has sparked the concerns of its users.

Eyebrows were raised when the users received a notice that read “the service will now be sharing user data with other companies”

High profile personalities like Elon Musk and Edward Snowden have recommended users to move to apps that are more privacy-focussed.

But what is weird to the people is accepting this Terms of Services and Privacy Policy was a prerequisite.

Even those who had been using the application for years had to agree to this new policy which will be imposed by February 8, 2021. 

However, users located in 27 European countries will not have their data shared with other Facebook parties.

Data that WhatsApp will collect

WhatsApp will also collect and share location data, IP addresses, time zone, language, phone model, OS, signal strength, battery level, mobile network, browser, ISP, and even IMEI.

It will also know what groups you are attending, the Status, calling, the Display picture, and the last time you were online.

In fact, there is another section called “Transactions and Payments data” which means your record for payments and transactions will also be shared that are made through Whatsapp.

Alternate Apps

Ever since the new privacy policy has been introduced people are concerned with their data and personal information that is at stake if you agree to the new Whatsapp policies and are looking for alternatives.

Of them, there are a few substitutes that famous people have suggested such as Signal, Telegram, Viber, and Threema.

Telegram is a popular messaging app that allows you to access the chats from more than one device. The application claims to be “heavily encrypted and can self-destruct”.

Signal uses open-source encryption that lets security developers test it for any bugs and flaws.

This application is the most secure tool to remain connected to any mainstream app.

Viber has 260 million users and allows you to send instant voice messages, video messaging. group chats, and audio and video call too.

Threema is an app that allows its user to use 8-digit ID instead of using their own numbers to connect and is a Switzerland-based instant messaging app.

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