Sunday, January 10, 2021

Why everyone should be using Signal instead of WhatsApp

 The Signal protocol underpins WhatsApp's encryption, but Facebook's ubiquitous messaging service doesn't hold a candle to Signal itself

Since WhatsApp has changed its data collection policy Signal has become overwhelmed by a new influx of users, which has caused some temporary problems, but they say it will be sorted soon. 

5. Hope  much can you trust Facebook?

Perhaps the most compelling reason to use Signal is Facebook's long-standing lack of respect for its users' privacy. Facebook has an appalling history when it comes to data collection and handling, from the Cambridge Analytica affair to its practice of sharing data about users with phone manufacturers.

It’s already proved that it can’t be trusted with WhatsApp user data that should, under EU law, have remained private. In 2017, European regulators took action against Facebook for sharing the WhatsApp users’ phone numbers with its Facebook social network for advertising purposes. Firmly in breach of data protection regulations, it was an opt-out rather than opt-in system. Facebook had previously claimed such a mechanism would never be implemented.


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