privacy

Whatsapp Disses on Your Privacy

WhatsApp And Facebook are now sharing data, ticking off their users, after WhatsApp has announced they’ll be sharing your data with Facebook. This is a little rundown on what they’re doing and how to opt out if you want to. If you want to cut to the chase, just page on down, you’ll see it.

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It was announced that WhatsApp updated their terms and privacy policies for the first time in four years (That was their spin on it.)

What they were apprising their millions of users of was that they’ve joined Facebook, with FB now their parent company. They also announced that they are looking to use your phone calls and text messages to keep you up to date on various factions of your life. Which is reflective of what FB has suggested it could do now. But now WhatsApp will now be sharing your phone number with FB to help FB ” offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads,” because we all know how much we’d love to see better ads in our already “sponsor-filled” feeds.

But this announcement has yet again frustrated millions of users of WhatsApp and Facebook. When Facebook acquired WhatsApp a few years ago, they said that they would not use any of the 1 billion WhatsApp users data.

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Google Maps

Over the years Google Maps has pretty much become the default mapping app that most folks use these days. So too, have I become accustomed to the process of using Google Maps. Let’s face it, compared to the other processes, they do have a smoother interaction and usually, superior results.

As of a year or so ago from the date of this post, if you ever set Google Maps to open at a location of your choosing, all you had to do was use that “gear” icon in the lower right corner of the map, and use the options to set your default location.

Once I did that, it was a very awesome experience.

Let’s cut to today, when all the rage and business focus is tapping into your exact location for purposes of advertising to you, and focusing those ads from businesses as close to your location as possible. And that ‘gear’ logo is gone, as is the old way of being able to freely choose how Google gets your location from you.

Or in Google-speak, they’ve made it user friendly and more accommodating to our purchasing needs. Or some such rhetoric.

Over the last several months (at least) I noticed that my Maps no longer opened to the location I set it to.

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FACEBOOK’s New Terms and Conditions And The End User

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Is Your Personal Data Truly Safe on Your Smartphone?

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