- IR noted that they have written to Facebook and are happy to discuss the issues raised with the company
South Africa's Information Regulator (IR) revealed that Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information collected from WhatsApp users with its other companies without receiving authorisation from IR.
IR said it made the decision in accordance with section 57 of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).
Take a look at the statement from IR below:
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that WhatsApp has been losing users to Signal and Telegram after updating its terms. Sensor Tower, a data analytics company revealed that 100 000 users downloaded Signal and Telegram downloads jumped by 2.2 million.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook which has told users that the social media company would be collecting WhatsApp user's data. Tech experts and app users were highly critical of the new update.
Editor-In-Chief of Fast Company (SA) magazine, Wesley Diphoko said that this was a complete U-turn by Facebook who had previously promised its users that they would not use their data. Social media users took to Twitter to share their reactions to WhatsApp's change to its terms of service:
"#WhatsAppheadquarters after reading *boycott whatsapp* at whatsapp statuses."
"'Telegram me' or 'send me a Signal' are gonna be confusing in the coming months."
"Zuckerberg's just waiting for Black Friday to buy Telegram and Signal too."
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