By Ron Howells • 15 May 2021 • 13:31
WhatsApp scams have increased by 2000%, reveals Lloyds Bank
WhatsApp’s most controversial privacy update deadline is finally upon us and users will either have to accept it or risk losing all the key WhatsApp features, as the company will stop you from calling or messaging contacts- the very point of installing the app!
So, what is this privacy update, and should you accept it?
You will be repetitively reminded to accept the new policy whenever you will open the app, and if you still choose to not accept it, then eventually, WhatsApp will become more or less useless to you.
Those who accept the new policy won’t notice any difference in their experience. But, if you keep WhatsApp installed on your phone, and still refuse to accept the policy, then WhatsApp won’t immediately delete your account because of that- instead, it will probably delete your account due to “inactivity” if you don’t connect for 120 days.
Though the company has made it clear that the users’ chats are safe, and their calls remain end-to-end encrypted, their contacts are not shared with Facebook and neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read the messages, the unnecessary need to collect excessive data in the name of showing relevant ads has raised suspicion among its users.
WhatsApp is caught up in several court cases because of this new privacy update. It recently defended itself by saying that other tech companies and apps like Zomato, Ola, BigBasket, Truecaller, Aarogya Setu, Zoom have similar policies and collect even more data.
Most of the apps mentioned above have been collecting your data since you installed them. All of this information is mostly hidden behind the long terms and conditions, which many of us don’t care to read and just blindly accept.
WhatsApp and Facebook are one of them, but they want to collect your data excessively. So, maybe it IS time for you to think about whether you want to choose convenience over privacy.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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