What’s Up New Policy

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.
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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.
>>
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