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Some privacy activists questioned the "accept our data grab or get out" move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram.

Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted "Use Signal" from his official handle. In a tweet today, Musk said simply: "Use Signal".

There are also changes in the policy related to location services.

WhatsApp's new privacy policy notes that when users rely on "third-party services or other Facebook Company Products that are integrated with our Services, those third-party services may receive information about what you or others share with them".

To be clear, WhatsApp's policy has always said it shares information with Facebook.

How the company partners with Facebook, its parent company, to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Product. Delete Whatsapp and delete Facebook'. "We're providing users with ample notice to review the changes".

As compared to WhatsApp or Messenger, Signal collects no data whatsoever.

WhatsApp's last policy version from July 2020 and the earlier December 2019 version say: "As part of the Facebook family of companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, this family of companies". As per the alert, data of your WhatsApp account number, profile name, and photo, financial transactions done via the app will be shared with Facebook. What does it say? Users have received in-app prompts informing them of the update in terms of use that take effect on February 8, 2021. So just deleting the app from your phone won't be enough.

A WhatsApp representative told Ars Technica the change was to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook infrastructure.

What about data location and storage?

The company's new Terms and Privacy Policy provides information on how WhatsApp will collect and process your data. This was not explicitly mentioned in the previous policy.

Facebook is a company that has repeatedly faced scrutiny for data privacy and security. Though privacy policies are usually quite lengthy and boring to read.

The policy also includes new details on WhatsApp's communication with businesses. Following the furore, WhatsApp has, however, reiterated that messages between two people will continue to be encrypted and a third person would not be able to see it. "This includes information about your activity (including how you use our Services, your Services settings, how you interact with others using our Services (including when you interact with a business), and the time, frequency, and duration of your activities and interactions), log files, and diagnostic, crash, website, and performance logs and reports", it stated. The practice is nothing new, but the policy update grabbed headlines over concerns users will have nearly no way to keep their WhatsApp data separate from Facebook-a company with a notorious record on digital privacy.

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