WhatsApp will not be able to use South Africans’ data for commercial purposes

WhatsApp will not be able to use South Africans’ data for commercial purposes

WhatsApp will not be able to use South Africans’ data for commercial purposes

For the South African authorities, there is no question that the most used messaging application in the world shares the data of its users with its parent company Facebook.

They have expressed their opposition to WhatsApp’s plans to change its privacy conditions to share its data, arguing that they violate South African law. They thus make South Africa the first country on the continent to adopt this hostile attitude towards the company of Mark Zukerberg and its subsidiary. “WhatsApp cannot, without the prior authorization of the Information Regulator (IR) process the slightest contact details of its users for a purpose other than that for which the number was specifically provided when it was registered”, indicated this agency in a press release.

After the haro of WhatsApp users on a global scale last January against such a project, it is therefore around the governments to take their steps so that the personal data of their citizens does not end up in the hands of partner companies for for advertising purposes.

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When the project was revealed last January, several million users by the two billion WhatsApp account spontaneously decided to migrate to competing applications, but which are not for commercial purposes like Signal or Telegram. It was then that the Facebook group backtracked to give itself until next May before imposing it on its users.

By Mohamed diallo, Editorial Committee – Morocco

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