If you’re a WhatsApp user, which you mostly are, you’ve probably seen a pop up asking you to agree to share certain data with Facebook, the mother company of WhatsApp.
The message, which read, “By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021. After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account.”
Per the notification, every WhatsApp user must agree to the new terms by 8 February 2021, or lose access to their chats and contacts.
Data collected includes “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information and more listed in the graphic below.
The update is designed to “offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products”, which also includes Instagram and Messenger.
Since the update, there has been a lot of conversation on the internet about WhatsApp sharing user information with Facebook. Many users on Twitter have been coaxing one another into getting off WhatsApp and making a shift to other encrypted messengers like Signal and Telegram.
Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk joined in the conversation too, asking people to leave WhatsApp. Late last night, he posted on Twitter, “Use Signal”.
Since WhatsApp’s announcement, messaging apps like Signal and Telegram have seen a large increase in their subscribers, with Telegram founder Pavel Durov “advising” Facebook to “respect its users”.
Kobby ‘Spiky’ Nkrumah elaborates the issue in the video below.
The writer, Kwabena Offei-Kwadey Nkrumah popularly known as Kobby Spiky is a Ghanaian technology consultant and journalist. He is also a record producer, under the stage name, TheRealSpiky.
Kobby is the co-founder of ctrl.IT, a tech consultancy, he’s also the host of The Geek Squad, a tech radio show on Ghana’s premier radio station, Joy FM, and also the host of Tech Trends and Tech Talk on Joy News Television.
He’s a frequent panelist on various technology topics on TV and radio and a member of the Rotary Club.