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Govt proposes alpha-numeric hash to track WhatsApp messages

Govt of India has proposed the officials of Whatsapp to tag each message with an alpha-numeric hash as a solution to break the impasse over the traceability of the messages. The hash, travelling with the message, can be used to trace the message without breaking the app’s encryption. “The govt is willing to work with WhatsApp to come up with a solution to enable traceability of message originators without breaking encryption,” ET quoted an official.

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WhatsApp to roll out in-app banner to explain the privacy update

WhatsApp delays enforcement of its new privacy policy, following a backlash from users which later led to a legal challenge in India. Following the outcry, WhatsApp attempted to explain that the privacy update was actually focused on optional business features, including advertising on FB. They will roll out a small, in-app banner that will ask users to re-review the privacy policies and will be shown a deeper summary of the changes.

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Sandes, desi alternative to WhatsApp, being tested by officials

A desi alternative of Whatsapp named ‘Sandes’, which means ‘message’, is being tested by govt officials in India, at present.  There is, however, no information regarding the rollout of the app, which provides all the features that any instant messaging app has. The National Informatics Centre, a branch under the Ministry of Electronics and IT is said to be handling the backend of the App, which is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

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82% of users disapprove of WhatsApp’s proposed privacy policy change

A survey conducted by market research and communications advisory firm BM Nxt said that 82% of the users disapproved WhatsApp’s intent to change its privacy policy and open select user data with parent company Facebook. While 37% of users said they considered the move a serious breach of their privacy, another 45% said they didn’t find it good, albeit they could live with it. Only 18% said the change didn’t bother them.

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WhatsApp clarifies that Facebook doesn’t have access to UPI transactions data

WhatsApp said that Facebook doesn’t have access to its UPI transaction data. It clarified that UPI-enabled payments are governed by separate WhatsApp India Payments Privacy Policy, which hasn’t changed.  “If there is any conflict between WhatsApp India Payments Privacy Policy and the WhatsApp Privacy Policy, the WhatsApp India Payments Privacy Policy will control solely with respect to your use of UPI Payments,” the company said.

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WhatsApp adds new security layer for web users

WhatsApp has announced that it has added a new security layer for its desktop and web app. Users will now need to use biometric authentication to link their WhatsApp account to a new laptop before scanning the QR code from the phone. One needs to use either their face or fingerprint unlock to authenticate WhatsApp Web or desktop. It has also updated the UI by replacing the ‘+’ icon with “link a device”. The plan is to also add multi-device support.

Parliament panel to question Facebook on WhatsApp’s privacy terms: Reports

Facebook officials will field questions from India’s parliamentary panel about the recent changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy, media reports said. This has come a few days after the WhatsApp was asked by the IT ministry to withdraw the changes., The panel may ask why Facebook needed to change the messaging platform’s privacy policy and how it will impact users. India, with 400 million users, is WhatsApp’s biggest market.

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Signal users unable to send messages, now operational again

Signal faced a global outage wherein its users were not able to send messages.  The messaging app, while conforming the outage, said it was going through ‘technical difficulties.’ However, Signal’s cross-platform messaging service is operational again. Signal, unlike Telegram and WhatsApp, collects no data from its users and has promised that it would never share the data which led to a huge number of WhatsApp users to shift to the rival application.

India has over 15 mn WhatsApp Business users: Zuckerberg

The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp’s business app has more than 50 mn users globally, of which 15 mn are from India. “We support more than 50 mn WhatsApp business app users globally every month already. And more than 15 mn of these are in India” Zuckerberg said while speaking in the event Facebook Fuel for India 2020. He also lauded India’s efforts of financial inclusion and praised UPI.

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