Ever since it was officially announced earlier this year, a lot has been said about WhatsApp’s upcoming update with privacy infringement being at the core of the current debate. CyberSec-Clinique, a female-led Information Technology company based in Johannesburg, is lending its voice and providing expert insights on the matter.
With WhatsApp receiving services from Facebook, the information users share with the latter is then used to help WhatsApp to:
- Provide users with fast and reliable messaging and calling around the world and understand how its services and features are performing.
- Ensure safety, security, and integrity across WhatsApp and Facebook Company Products by removing spam accounts and combating abusive activity.
- To connect WhatsApp users with Facebook Company Products.
“One of the other questions that this has many people asking themselves is if there are ways to prevent their data from being shared by these apps. The answer is yes with various ways in which users can either block/deny their data from being shared or opt-out from existing data sharing subscriptions. Cases vary from different applications; however, the most common case is that websites will notify the user in advance to subscribe to the privacy regulations and a user can either allow or deny access to their data,” concluded Mokoena.