WhatsApp users must agree to the new terms and conditions by February 8, 2021 at the latest in order to continue using the app. In the past few days there has been repeated criticism of the owner Facebook, who allegedly get even more access to private data with the new rules. In truth, nothing will change, especially for users in Europe. Due to the existing data protection laws of the EU, the terms and conditions have hardly changed compared to 2018.

WhatsApp has now commented on another rumor on Twitter that could be read on various platforms. Accordingly, the company reassured that no messages from users could be read. A special encryption is responsible for this, which is used when sending a message. In addition, the WhatsApp team ensures that the app does not collect any data on who is writing or making calls to whom.

If users share their location with a chat partner, this information is not shared with WhatsApp or Facebook. And your contacts in the address book of your mobile phone also stay with WhatsApp and do not go to Facebook. Nevertheless, some users seem to be looking for alternatives at the moment. In the German App Store there are currently several competitors – including Signal, Telegram or Threema – at the top of the charts. Telegram alone is said to have gained 25 million new users in 72 hours. WhatsApp continues to be the undisputed leader with over two billion users worldwide.

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