Facebook warns 50,000 users targeted by cyber mercenaries as it bans seven peer-to-peer surveillance groups from losing access to their chat list before WhatsApp completely stops messages on phones “We understand that some people can try other apps to see what they have to offer,” the company says. “We`ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with pretending they can`t see people`s messages – if an app doesn`t offer end-to-end encryption by default, it means they can read your messages.” It`s clear that Telegram is in the spotlight here, as it doesn`t offer standard end-to-end encryption, although there`s an option for that. Signal is more secure and uses encryption, but behind all these features lies a big change in WhatsApp`s relationship with Facebook. Shopping features, for example, would overlap with a similar service for Facebook. Instead of forcing businesses to keep an eye on the stock of two completely separate online stores, WhatsApp simply allows them to run the same online store on both platforms. Looking at the details of the policy change, it should only apply to messages that WhatsApp users exchange with businesses. Even if users think it`s safe or doesn`t apply to them, they can watch Facebook`s inevitable next steps. Switch from this opt-in to opt-out and extend the B2C policy to all messages. There`s also the fact that Facebook can significantly compromise privacy without having to read the content of WhatsApp messages by mapping and monetizing a person`s social graphic. You`ll have to agree to the new terms and conditions if you want to continue using WhatsApp, but once you understand what`s really changing, you`ll find that it`s not a problem to keep using the messaging service. WhatsApp will be its messaging app for users who want to see the terms and conditions updated before the 15th century. May not accept, end slowly.
WhatsApp states: “The update includes new options that people must notify a company on WhatsApp and offers more transparency about how we collect and use data. WhatsApp points out that these new features are “completely optional”. The controversy began in January when the messaging app announced it would share some information with its parent company, Facebook. WhatsApp said it wouldn`t be able to see the content of messages or calls, and neither would Facebook, saying the data would be used for commerce features and ads that opened WhatsApp chats. However, this triggered a negative reaction from users, so many had to switch to other apps like Signal. This is simply not true, and your account will not be deleted or suspended if you refuse to accept the new terms. After a few weeks of limited features, you will no longer be able to receive incoming calls or notifications, and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone,” the company said. At this point, users have to choose: either they accept the new terms, or they are effectively prevented from using WhatsApp. Unusually, the company decided not to make May 15 a difficult deadline to accept the terms. It says that once you see the “persistent reminder” (see below), you`ll be able to answer incoming phone and video calls, and if you`ve enabled notifications, you can tap on it to read or reply to a message or recall a missed phone or video call. Earlier this year, WhatsApp took the seemingly mundane step of updating its terms of service and privacy policies, which mainly focused on the app`s commercial offerings.