Significantly, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, on January 7 urged users to “Use Signal” and the result was for everyone to see because Signal tweeted that verification codes were delayed across several providers because many new people were trying to join the messaging platform. The company has also shared a guide informing users to move their groups from other messenger apps to Signal using a group link. Signal did not explicitly name WhatsApp here but the message was quite clear.
Now it is up to you, either agree to the set of conditions allowing sharing of your data information or leaving WhatsApp. Whatsapp can collect data about your usage, the kind of phone you use, even locations. WhatsApp can keep the message in encrypted form for 30 days as it tries to deliver it, after that, the message will be deleted. No doubt WhatsApp can know a lot about you and all that information can potentially be used to create your unique profile, then the profile goes to Facebook and it can share information with other companies. How big the development is can be gauged from the fact that in India alone, Facebook has more than 200 million active subscribers which means potential data on 200 million citizens as to what they buy or spend and their preferences.
The box elaborates how our data is being used for readers to decide as to what to choose.