When installing an application on the phone or running it for the first time, we are warned of the services or functions that you will use. So far everything perfect. That a map application asks you for access to the GPS, well normal. Or that one of the effects for your photos asks you to access the reel, it is logical.
But Why do you want a simple notes application or a game to have access to your contacts, messages or calls? I have to admit that the applications that I stopped installing will be counted on the fingers of one hand because I did not agree with the intentions of accessing my phone.
As usual, you have the last word. I know that it is difficult to give up, as in the case at hand, an instant messaging application that all your friends use, even if you find something suspicious in the conditions, but, at least, it would be convenient for you to know, roughly, what you accept with WhatsApp, Telegram or Line.
Although they assure that they can access our contacts on a regular basis To know who uses the service, they will not use any name, emails, or address, only phone numbers and the name chosen when registering. Photos, location, audios and messages will only be seen by your contact, although they are stored without specifying the duration.
The data passes through the WhatsApp servers just enough to deliver it to the recipient and will be deleted after 30 days if you have not been connected during that time. They add that may save any information to which they are legally bound.
They will only reasonably share personal information with third parties, if they can improve service. The minimum age of use is 16 years and the servers are in the United States.
It has more concise terms than WhatsApp. All content is saved in your cloud but without specifying the physical location (for Europe it is stored in London) nor the time. They use symmetric technology encryption and do not detail minimum age of use.
They say they will only store phone number, name, contacts, profile picture and messages, to function properly. Secret conversations, connection time, device data and sent files are safe.
They also briefly and unclearly explain that they will never share information with analytics or advertising companies, and they will not resort to advertisements or charge for the service in their basic functions.
It does not specify where the data is stored. The minimum age for use is 15 years or parental consent. It expressly prohibits the use of the service to religious activities and sexual contacts.
They only keep username, email, and our phone number information, plus You could keep our photo, name, address, gender and some other information that will be provided in the registry. It would also collect data from our terminal such as the operating system, IPs, etc.
As the MovilZona colleagues comment, the data we share can be very valuable information for some and we should take this matter a little more seriously. I, the first.