WhatsApp to Move Ahead with its Privacy Updates

@barrack, it would be interesting to hear how the principle of Data
minimization applies when the specified purpose is advertising.

Where’s our data protection guru @walu?

On Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 08:39 Mwara Gichanga via kictanet <
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> Thank you all for your contributions, it should very exciting to engage FB
> on the webinar next week on Tuesday on these important issues and questions
> you have all raised
>
> The discussion continues!
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> On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 8:57 PM, Wangu Mwangi via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>> Hi all,
>> Apologies if I go a bit off track here as i just recently joined this
>> conversation, but i wanted to share a personal experience i’m still
>> puzzling over,
>>
>> A couple of weeks ago, i suddenly lost all my contact information (names
>> of contacts i’d been communicating with for years were no longer showing up
>> when receiving calls, and i couldn’t find contacts when doing a search. But
>> what its most strange is that at exactly the same time, I started getting
>> notifications from WhatsApp with guidelines for retrieving lost contacts.
>>
>> Does this mean i signed on to something i wasn’t even aware of? And if
>> so, why would they mess up with saved information for contacts that aren’t
>> even on my WhatApp lists? This is really frightening to me as a lay
>> person. Any explanations?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Wangu
>>
>> On 24 Feb 2021, at 20:18, Keith Andere via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>> Dear Mwara,
>>
>> These are pertinent questions you have raised here, and the discussion is
>> really interesting.
>>
>> On question one, I think Facebook is not your ordinary platform to
>> compare with other platforms such as bibles and picture filtering apps. I
>> therefore care much more about the privacy of my data because it’s a piece
>> to a bigger global puzzle. For me whatsapp is a platform where many aspects
>> of my life connects, my family, chama, landlord alerts, Mpesa is now
>> sending statements to whatsapp. I would not want to imagine that I would
>> want any of this used for business purposes, especially when right to opt
>> out is denied.
>>
>> I think this is also an opportunity to scale homegrown solutions and
>> platforms because soon enough when we all move to platform B, they would
>> pull the same strings on us! Seems we must buy our own lunch! I am still
>> hanging on to the old terms waiting to be axed 🙂
>>
>> Ni hayo tu kwa sasa!
>> Keith
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 7:39 AM Mwara Gichanga via kictanet <
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>>> Dear listers,
>>>
>>> Thanks to those who managed to contribute to the discussions yesterday.
>>> We are still collating our questions to Facebook regarding this subject.
>>> Today let’s talk about what’s at stake with the new terms. To guide our
>>> discussions, let’s ponder over these questions:
>>>
>>> 1. We already have applications that mine our instant generated data
>>> from our mobile phones(eg bible apps, mobile lending apps, games etc).
>>> What’s different with Whatsapp getting this data?
>>>
>>> 2. Is there anyone who has accepted these terms already? What’s your
>>> experience so far?
>>>
>>> Lets continue the conversation!
>>>
>>> Warmly
>>> Mwara
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