Summer is coming to an end, but privacy issues continue to be sizzling in the heat of new apps emerging, terms of service changing the rules of the game or Big Brother-like investigations taking place. Here is, in short, what online privacy news caught our attention this week:
WhatsApp changes terms of service, shares users’ phone numbers with Facebook
Acquired by Facebook two years ago for the staggering amount of $19 billion, WhatsApp has just changed its terms of service.
According to the new user agreement, WhatsApp will give the phone numbers of people using the service to Facebook. Furthermore, WhatsApp will also reveal other analytics such as what devices and operating systems are being used.
Before, the two did not share any information, since WhatsApp used to promote itself as a “privacy oasis”.
Read more here.
Tip: apparently there’s a way to opt out of the new terms. When the pop-up emerges, don’t click “agree” –but navigate to the smaller “read more” option and untick the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook”.
Facebook’s video selfie app for teen can be seen by everyone
Facebook hits the news yet again with the release of Lifestage, a new app aimed at teenagers. Dedicated only to those aged 21 or under, it’s designed to make it “easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with in your school network”.
However, the app currently has no tools for controlling who sees the content posted. So, basically, anyone has access to the young users’ videos.
Find out more at this link.