Signal, Telegram sees a sudden spike as users quit WhatsApp.

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Cape Town-WhatsApp recently announced a new privacy policy that will see a change in how its parent company, Facebook, collects data from its 2-billion user accounts. As a result of privacy concerns, there has been a surge in downloads of alternative communication apps, such as Telegram and Signal.

But what does the new privacy policy mean about your data and security? And do you know what the privacy practices are with the alternatives?

IOL TECH looks at WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal’s privacy policy to help you determine whether to abandon WhatsApp life for you.

WhatsApp

Which data and where is stored?

WhatsApp collects your account information, because the creation of a WhatsApp account requires you to provide your mobile number and basic information, including your profile name.

WhatsApp stores your connections, information about the status and stores transaction and payment information. “We process additional information on you, including payment accounts and transaction information, when you are using our payment services, or when you are using our services for purchases or other financial transactions,” WhatsApp says in its privacy policy.

In the “normal” way of supplying its services to users, the message service does not retain your Messages.

“Your messages are saved and not normally kept on our servers on your computer. They will be excluded from our servers until the messages are delivered.”

WhatsApp has end-to-end protection, so that the messages are protected so you can secure them from being read by WhatsApp and third parties.

Include use and log information, system and access information and location information and cookies, automatically collected information.

WhatsApp has said that they use Facebook’s global data centers to store data and that they gather IP and other information such as phone number area code even though you don’t use location-related features to estimate your total location.

Who will share details with the app

You consent to the portion on which WhatsApp exchanges data with its parent company Facebook and its Facebook companies by agreeing to the terms and conditions.

The company also said that the company would have access to, retain and communicate your information to officials, responding to legal or government demands, applying terms and conditions and all other relevant policies, including for investigation of possible violations; identifying, examining, stopping or fixing fraud and other criminal practices or security concerns and technical issues; or defending the rights, land,

Telegram

Which data and where is stored?

You should supply your mobile number and basic account information with Telegram, to establish a telegram account (including the name of the profile, the image profile and information).

If you allow 2-stage checks for your account or stores records, you can also have your e-mail address using the Telegram Passport option.

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A feature called hidden chats also uses encryption from end-to-end. The data is then encrypted with a key that only you and the receiver know. On their computers, Telegram can not save hidden chats.

Phone numbers and addresses are used and held in the telegram to inform you when one of your contacts signs up.

In Configuration > Privacy & Protection > Data Settings you can still avoid syncing or remove contacts from the servers.

When users from the UK or the EEA sign up, the data will be processed in the Netherlands data centres. “These data centres, in which Telegram leases a specified location, are provided by a third party. However, the servers and networks in which your personal data is stored in these data centers are the property of Telegram. We also do not exchange your personal information with those data centres. All data is strongly encrypted.

Who will share details with the app

Telegram will exchange information with other users of Telegram as specified in the Privacy Policy. “Note that you directed us to forward your personal details on your behalf to these users in compliance with the Privacy Policy by entering the terms of service and agreeing to connect with these other users of Telegram.

The Telegram Group Inc., a parent company of the British Virgin Islands, and the Telegram FZ-LLC, a group member based in Dubai, can both share your personal personal details. This helps deliver our programs, develop them and sustain them.

Telegram can also share the details with the police.

So what about signal?

Signal was recently illuminated with the support of Elon Musk as a feasible option for WhatsApp.

It has been named one of the most reliable messaging systems and uses the Signal Protocol open source to introduce end-to-end encryption.

Signals include: Account information such as number, profile name, profile image, and messages. You provide the following data. Your history of your post is preserved to your own devices.

Further technical data, such as random tokens, keys, push tokens and other materials available for calling and transmissions, are stored on our servers. Signal limit the minimum necessary to operate the Services this additional technical information.

You can have customer help and contact information.

Signal is, like WhatsApp, interested in the provision of some of our software for third parties.

“When you register for our services, for example, our third-party providers send your phone number a verification code. If you use other third party services in connection with our services such as YouTube, Spotify, Giphy, etc.

Signal may also transmit the information to satisfy or detect, prohibit or deal otherwise with relevant laws, rules, legal actions or enforceable governmental standards.

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