- WhatsApp has stated that the change in its recently revised policy changes “does not affect the privacy of messages with friends or family“
- The update only includes changes which are related to a user messaging a business on WhatsApp
The number of users installing the Signal app has grown stratospherically in the last 24 hours and is on track to cross 1 million soon. The increase has seen the Signal app inching closer to its main rival WhatsApp which has been facing a lot of flak over its alleged change in privacy policies and forcing users to agree to the policies.
About 8,10,000 users globally downloaded Signal by Sunday and the numbers have been constantly increasing, according to a data by research firm Apptopia.
WhatsApp has stated that the change in its recently revised policy changes “does not affect the privacy of messages with friends or family”. The update only includes changes which are related to a user messaging a business on WhatsApp.
The Facebook-owned company also shared a list of information which was not shared with the parent company Facebook:
- WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling.
- WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook.
- WhatsApp groups remain private.
- You can set your messages to disappear.
- You can download your data.
Addressing one of the biggest concerns regarding “group privacy”, WhatsApp in the Security and Privacy section of its website has stated, “We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.”
After WhatsApp had “forced” users to accept its new policy change – refusal upon which the app will stop working from February – there was a massive hue and cry with Elon Musk tweeting about using Signal.