Whatsapp reaches out to users via status, says it values privacy


Signal Messenger is back up after a 24-hour outage caused by 8.8million new users in a week following the announcement of WhatsApp's controversial decision to share data with Facebook.

The petition, preferred by advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, has said the new privacy policy of WhatsApp violates the right to privacy, guaranteed under the Constitution of India. Although WhatsApp users in the United Kingdom and Europe will also have to accept the new terms to keep using the service, the strict European privacy regulations mean that there will be no additional data-sharing going on. The data collected would only relate to business chats, WhatsApp clarified, released an FAQ page on its site to emphasise that it doesn't read private messages.

Many users were unhappy with the updated terms that grant Facebook control over data generated on WhatsApp.

Sensor Tower estimates that Telegram has seen about 2.7 million total installs on China's App Store, compared to 458,000 downloads from Signal and 9.5 million times from WhatsApp.

The plea filed by the petitioner says that WhatsApp is looking to collect complete online activity of users without any supervision of government on it. Telegram added 25 million just between January 10-13, the company said on its official Telegram channel, while Signal surged to the top of the App Store and Google Play Store in dozens of countries, TechCrunch learned earlier.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently announced delaying by three months the implementation of the new privacy policy.

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WhatsApp was built on a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. It's why we don't keep logs of who everyone's messaging or calling.

The pics in WhatsApp status said that "We are committed to your privacy". On Sunday, Whatsapp put up status that had messages for its users.

Rohatgi submitted that the change has been made only with regard to WhatsApp Business, which is completely different from private chats, which are completely encrypted. We'll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.

The lawyer appearing for the petitioner claimed that the option not to agree with the new policy was given to users in European nations, but not in India. "If you feel WhatsApp will compromise data, delete WhatsApp". The following images contain text explaining that WhatsApp "can't read or listen to your personal conversation" or see users' shared locations.

To give users more time to review and accept the terms, WhatsApp is pushing back the deadline to May 15.

WhatsApp stressed that its practice of sharing data with Facebook was not new, and was not being expanded.