Privacy And You: What You Sign Up For With The Most Popular Apps
We all know how important privacy policies are and this was highlighted recently when WhatsApp caused a bit of a stir after users agreed to its new policy before it was revealed that they handed over a little more data to its owners Facebook than many were comfortable with, which led to calls for clarification.
It’s a reminder that data sharing is the price we pay for free apps and services, so if that’s a trade you’re not happy with, it is worth checking the small print before continuing to use the service. Though it’s no replacement for combing through it and checking it yourself, we’ve gone under the hood of some of the most popular app’s privacy terms to give an indication of what you’re signing up for.
Over two billion people use WhatsApp, so it was a high-profile PR disaster when their T&Cs in January 2021 was the subject of headlines. The new policy needed the user to consent to sharing personal data like phone number and location with their parent company Facebook if they wanted to use the service (before, it was optional). They clarified misinformation saying the new T&Cs were designed to make it easier to contact businesses. “While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it’s important people are aware of these services. This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.” That hasn’t stopped competitors like Signal from receiving a huge swell of new recruits from across the globe. Visit the WhatsApp website to find out more.
Please note that the information contained in this article was correct at the time of writing, but as things can change, please refer to the individual company policies for the most up to date details.