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‘Millions in UK stopped using WhatsApp’

Bloomberg

The UK’s top data-protection regulator told lawmakers that millions of people have stopped using WhatsApp in favour of alternative messaging services such as Telegram and Signal.
Elizabeth Denham said that changing terms of service have led consumers to vote with their virtual feet away from the Facebook Inc. business.
WhatsApp delayed introduction of a new privacy policy after confusion and user backlash forced messaging service to better explain what data it collects and how it shares information with its parent company.
“Users expect firms to maintain trust and not to suddenly change contract that they have with users,” Denham told Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation.
When asked how many people had switched, she replied “millions.”
She said, however, that the new changes won’t apply to UK users under a 2017 deal her office reached with WhatsApp. The company agreed not to share user information and contact details until it showed it could comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
The latest update “includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in an email. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook in the U.K. or anywhere in the world.”
But Denham said she would follow-up with WhatsApp and Facebook on the privacy changes and regulatory issues brought on by Brexit and report back to the committee.
Denham went on to say that she doesn’t use WhatsApp herself, favoring “Signal for my personal communications.”

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