As WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policies Seem Invasive, Should Users Switch to Other Messaging Apps?

WhatsApp’s newest policies seem unsafe and Indian users need to make up their minds by February 8, 2021.

Srimoyee Bhattacharya

January 12, 2021

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WhatsApp recently updated its privacy rules and regulations and they are beyond unacceptable for its users. The updated terms include full access to user’s WhatsApp data and the ways it will use the information. It will also include the ways that different businesses can store and manage a user’s WhatsApp chats. The mobile messaging company, which was bought by Facebook in 2014, has presented several updates and changes in its policies over the years.

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WhatsApp has now offered its users a simple and straightforward take-it-or-leave-it approach while producing newer policies. The app has given its users a deadline of February 8, 2021, to accept the new terms and conditions or to quit the app permanently. The new terms do not appear to be safe and instead are a complete invasion of privacy. Thus, it is making innumerable users question if they should discontinue it and switch to other similar mobile services now.

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The take-it-or-leave-it approach by WhatsApp is extremely different than what Facebook had promised it would be like, initially. During the acquisition of the company, back in 2014, WhatsApp had declared that their interest lied in knowing as little as possible of its user. And that is absolutely different from what the app is doing now. Which in turn has made it a buzzing question amongst users as to what would be the right choice – agreeing to the new policies or permanently leaving the app.

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In a day where social media and messaging apps have taken over our lives, it is a tough decision to make, given how habituated people are to the app as users. The new policies state that hardware information such as battery level, signal strength, browser details, app version, mobile network connection, phone number, ISP, language, time zone, IP address, device operation information and much more. One could completely delete their own account to avoid such invasion of private information. However, the app would still possess the copy of the messages you shared with other users and even the information in the groups you were a part of. Thus, a very important decision lies ahead of Indian WhatsApp users regarding the usage of it or switching to other apps.

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