WhatsApp claims not to interfere between the chats, then what information does it actually collect? WhatsApp as to collect some data to operate, provide and improve there services which might benefit user deeds. Obviously, the first thing which Whatsapp collects is your personal phone number. If you need to utilize the WhatsApp service then you have to trust them by providing your phone number, no need to worry here, your information is safe. WhatsApp even collects your location, nowadays you can share your live location to the people using WhatsApp services. WhatsApp use IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location.
Can we trust WhatsApp after the new privacy changes, why did it battle most users all of a sudden?
Alternative for WhatsApp in terms of Privacy
Telegram is open source and free, anyone can check its source code, protocol and API. Telegram supports verifiable builds, which allow experts to independently verify that its code published on GitHub is the exact same code that is used to build the apps you download from App Store or Google Play . Telegram even provides secret chat feature. Secret chat provides much more security to your chat. Telegram strongly recommend using only Secret Chats in official or at least verifiable open-source apps for sensitive information, preferably with a self destruct timer. You can enable a self destruct timer, so the chat gets cleared within the timer period.
Apple vs Facebook: Privacy war
It is a head on collision of privacy terms, you should not miss this one, Apple vs Facebook, two big names in Technology world, both from the land of the free, USA. So what actually made this trillion dollar companies collide. The answer is obvious, Privacy. Many people have now looked down to Facebook after all the recent activities, first its data sharing of Whatsapp message, and now to keep track of user data in Apple iOS. We all know how cautious are Apple developers to provide data security to its end users. Apple developers and its CEO Tim Cook, were happy with the information related to Facebook’s tracking. Tim Cook believes that user should decide whether their data should be tracked or not. To see on other side Apple iPhone is incomplete without Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp which belongs to family of Facebook apps. Where Tim cook mocked Facebook about its tracking that infringes user privacy, in return Facebook developer, Mark Zuckerberg and Dan Levy, said Apple privacy is much about profit and competitive interest collector rather than data privacy that will help people.
Some People actually do care a lot about data privacy, but do they even read the lengthy privacy policies of the software they use, a few, maybe. Since the world is adopting more technology based solutions to every new problem, the war over data privacy and security are inevitable in the technology world. You might say, this is just a beginning as one company comes up to challenge the other in terms of how data of its users is being handled or managed. There might be different social media platforms in future that might provide better services to the user. The end user must make a right choice to choose the better one, obviously its gonna be difficult but you have keep moving forward with it. Clearly the market is very sensitive to privacy issues, rampant growth and wide-spread adoption of Signal/Threema like apps makes it quite obvious.