What’s Up New Policy

And looks like Facebook is hitting the breaks on this thing.

WhatsApp delays privacy changes amind user backlash
<www.linkedin.com/posts/alihkassim_whatsapp-delays-privacy-changes-amid-user-activity-6756054932576600064-qBfL>

Great to see a powerful company admit that they could have done a better
job in communication changes.

#Techlash is real.

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On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:56 AM Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Listers,
>
> WhatsApp privacy controversy leads company to take out full-page adverts
> asking users to stay
> for more click on this link
> <www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/whatsapp-privacy-adverts-india-b1787443.html?utm_content=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1610657280>
>
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 4:10 PM Renee Kamau via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Hi Josiah,
>>
>> You’re right!
>> Elon Musk said ‘use Signal,’ and confused investors sent the wrong stock
>> up 438% on Monday
>> <www.cnbc.com/2021/01/11/signal-advance-jumps-another-438percent-after-elon-musk-fueled-buying-frenzy.html>
>> “Signal Advance, which reported receiving no revenue in 2015 and 2016,
>> is now worth more than $3 billion.”
>>
>> Apparently this also happened with Zoom a couple of years ago. “…
>> people bought shares of Zoom Technologies, whose ticker symbol was ZOOM but
>> was not the trendy video-calling service Zoom Video Communications, which
>> trades under the symbol ZM. Last year the U.S. Securities and Exchange
>> Commission stopped trading of Zoom Technologies, partly because of
>> confusion over its connection with Zoom Video.”
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 12:59 Josiah Mugambi via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Signal Advance Inc <www.signaladvance.com/> ( whose stock went
>>> x11) has no relation with the Signal <signal.org/> messaging
>>> platform.
>>>
>>> As this is a tech policy group, this may be a useful read (less so for a
>>> non tech person):
>>>
>>>
>>> medium.com/swlh/whatsapp-doesnt-read-your-messages-it-doesn-t-need-to-7ce0ec2846f9
>>>
>>>
>>> excerpt:
>>>
>>> “End to end encryption is more about security than privacy. We are
>>> protected against unknown actors but have no control over what known actors
>>> will do.”
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 1:04 AM Rawgee l.k via kictanet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>> My take it could be more of under table business trade agreement
>>>> between Whatsapp and Signal.
>>>> After the announcement from Elon Musk [coincidentally the world’s
>>>> richest man] for guys to move to signal app the stock jumped to 1100%.
>>>> Screenshot on the trade app overview.
>>>> Intresting times both for data privacy and financial services.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 00:39 Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Those new terms from Facebook/WhatsApp are terrible. Bad for privacy.
>>>>>
>>>>> To illustrate how good laws and punitive fines protect citizens,
>>>>> Facebook has different rules for Europe. Because of GDPR, these new
>>>>> changes do not appear in the European version of the updated terms and
>>>>> conditions. Facebook later confirmed that the rules will not apply in the
>>>>> EU, EEA, or the UK.
>>>>> digit.fyi/facebook-to-access-whatsapp-user-data-except-in-europe/
>>>>>
>>>>> It seems the rest of the world does not matter, even with Data
>>>>> Protection laws available in countries like Kenya. Perhaps it is contempt
>>>>> from Facebook for smaller jurisdictions (What will you do? attitude. –
>>>>> Mtado?). This would be a good intray for the new Kenyan Data Commissioner.
>>>>>
>>>>> My take is that the new rules will not hurt WhatsApp in the long run
>>>>> because of the phenomenon called Network Effect (the value or utility a
>>>>> user derives from a good or service depends on the number of users of
>>>>> compatible products) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect
>>>>>
>>>>> Those Church groups, Estate groups, Former school groups, investment
>>>>> groups, … are not moving to Signal or Telegram. A few techie groups and
>>>>> privacy-oriented groups may move, but my prediction is those are the
>>>>> exceptions.
>>>>> ______________________
>>>>> Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya
>>>>> www.linkedin.com/in/mwendwa-kivuva
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, 11 Jan 2021 at 22:31, David Indeje via kictanet <
>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Listers,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I think all apps have been sharing our data. It is only that Facebook
>>>>>> has gone public, after all it also owns Instagram. What if it buys Signal
>>>>>> for the Signalers?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Mon, Jan 11, 2021, 8:23 PM John Kariuki via kictanet <
>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Listers
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> What are your thoughts on the new terms of service and privacy on
>>>>>>> What’s Up? Facebook plans to share What’s Up data with other Facebook
>>>>>>> products starting from 8th February 2021.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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