Growing concerns about WhatsApp privacy among UAE residents

Many UAE residents have raised concerns about their privacy when using WhatsApp, reports ZAWYA

Recent concerns, which were bought up as a result of the company’s decision to change data policies for users, have led many to consider switching to alternative messaging platforms.

The decision of Facebook’s proprietary application left the door open for market competitors to see an influx of users. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has already convinced many of his Twitter followers to download Signal, an encrypted messaging application.

“Users are increasingly suspicious”

Yusuf Stapic, a Dubai resident, commented, “People are waiting to see if WhatsApp can review and change its new update before the deadline. In addition, many users are increasingly suspicious of Facebook and its impact on their data.

“Your misuse of data resulted in them being scrutinized and shown before Congress, and people haven’t forgotten that.”

Sohail Dahdal, Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, also commented, “I think the more social media we incorporate into our lives, the more important it is for us to understand the implications of using social media platforms for our life as an individual and also for society.

“In recent years, the public has increasingly drawn attention to the effects of using data by third parties and also to the idea that we make our data available to social media platforms for free. The problem is threefold: data protection and misuse of data; the long-term impact of leaving a digital footprint; the dollar value of our data. Of course, social media platforms counter that they need our data to serve us better and that they also have to use this data for profit purposes so that they can offer us good value for money. “

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