Users are free to reject the move, as long as they don’t expect to continue using the popular messaging service.
The move has sparked public outrage, and comes almost six years after stating that its (then) new relationship with Facebook would not come with a privacy price.
But, what part of this new move is unexpected? None.
What part of this annoys news publishers who carefully and prudently comply to readers’ privacy wishes and regulatory bodies’ privacy demands? All of it.
Privacy is the glue that holds together the news media and the people it serves and reports about. Without a commitment to it the profession will face a guaranteed and
But let’s just wait and see if this binning of user privacy has any toll on the tech giant, or if the outrage is merely confected.
Care to take bets 😉?
Update (13/01/2021). WhatsApp has finally attempted to address the public furor and reassure people that they are not accessing or sharing calls and texts or recording call and message logs. Read the response here.