This question has been asked quite a lot over the past few days and the straight forward answer would probably be: Yes, if you can live without it.
What did WhatsApp do to prompt this answer though? As we all know WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and in its latest privacy update told users outside the European Union (as the EU got laws against that) that they need to consent to the changes made or lose access to the service. Those changes include that WhatsApp now will share your private data with Facebook and its affiliates.
WhatsApp will drive clients to consent to its new security strategy within the following month (February 2021), or probably lose access to the application.
Consenting to the terms will imply that a client’s private information, including their telephone number, will be imparted to Facebook, which owns WhatsApp.
All clients should consent to the new terms by 8 February 2021, or probably lose admittance to their chats and contacts.
The update comes as an in-application notice, which clients can decide to overlook until the deadline arrives.
“By tapping Agree, you acknowledge the new terms, which produce results on February 8, 2021,” the notice states.
“After this date, you’ll need to acknowledge the new terms to keep utilizing WhatsApp. You can likewise visit the Help Center in the event that you would want to delete your record.”
The update is intended to “offer incorporations across the Facebook Company Products”, which likewise incorporates Instagram and Messenger.
Some WhatsApp clients reprimanded the new protection strategy via online media, with many saying they intended to move to an opponent messaging application like Telegram.
“This new WhatsApp security strategy update is CREEPY and we ought to be worried about it,” one client wrote on Twitter.
With around 2.5 billion clients around the world, WhatsApp is by a long shot the most famous informing application on the planet.
In any case, since it was procured by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion, it has confronted analysis for the manner in which it handles clients’ information.
A more seasoned form of WhatsApp’s protection strategy expressed: “Regard for your security is coded into our DNA. Since we began WhatsApp, we’ve sought to assemble our Services with a bunch of solid protection standards as a main priority.”
This line is not, at this point present in the most recent form.
The new arrangement likewise implies that just erasing the application from a gadget won’t keep WhatsApp from holding a client’s private information. To guarantee WhatsApp no longer keeps on doing this, clients must rather utilize the in-application include for erasing their record.
The arrangement takes note of that even in the wake of utilizing this erase include, some information will stay with the organization, expressing, “when you erase your record, it doesn’t influence your data identified with the gatherings you made or the data different clients have identifying with you, for example, their duplicate of the messages you sent them.”
I’m not sure what the politically correct term for that is but BS describes it quite well I believe.
Having that said you don’t need to stop messaging though of course. While it is advised to stop using WhatsApp and other Facebook owned messengers such as Instagram or Facebook Messenger you can most certainly continue sharing cat pictures with your family. Personally I suggest to move over to Telegram or Signal as those seem to be the most reasonable, secure, alternatives.