82% of the users decline the agreement
The new update from WhatsApp has sent its users into a jiffy as it had made accepting the terms mandatory. But the rage amongst the users and the privacy enthusiast has made them push the “acceptance” date beyond February 8 that was earlier finalized as the deadline to accept the agreement. However, 82% of the users have already declined it whereas 18% said that they are not much bothered about the update. Almost 37% of the users feel that this is a serious “breach” of privacy by the social media giant while almost 45% of the users say it is OK for them to carry on with a new update. While some of them tried to move to other apps like Signal and Telegram, there are some loyal users who refused to switch to other apps.
Users have the right to know the extent of their privacy with the app
The CEO of Facebook and also the owner of WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg says he respects people’s privacy and in no way wants to hurt their sentiment through the new update. He says, “All of these messages are end-to-end encrypted, which means we can’t see or hear what you say, and we never will, unless the person that you message chooses to share it”. He also made it optional for businesses to choose or decline the new update. “We are building new features to make it even easier to transact with businesses in the app. We’re building tools to let businesses store and manage their WhatsApp chats using our secure hosting infrastructure, if they would like”, he said regarding the business WhatsApp users.
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- In the world of digital media, every move that we make is somehow being stored in the servers. There is no way out that we can get out of the digital trap but only be careful about how we use the services. Like we must only download stuff from unauthenticated sites, never allow third-party apps permission to our phone storage, do not share confidential information through any digital platform, etc. It is only when we are careful with our moves, can we expect our personal data to be safe, not by boycotting whatsapp!