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FILE PHOTO: A logo of WhatsApp is pictured on a T-shirt worn by a WhatsApp-Reliance Jio representative during a drive by the two companies to educate users, on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, October 9, 2018. Picture taken October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo(REUTERS)

WhatsApp adds voice and video calling feature to desktop version

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:12 PM IST
The move to facilitate calls over large screens would put WhatsApp on par with video-conferencing bigwigs Zoom and Google Meet, but it is not clear if it has ambitions to compete with the two in the enterprise space.
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The announcement by WhatsApp had triggered an increase in downloads of other instant messaging apps like Signal.(AFP Photo)
The announcement by WhatsApp had triggered an increase in downloads of other instant messaging apps like Signal.(AFP Photo)

Delhi HC seeks Centre's stand on plea against new WhatsApp privacy policy

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:44 PM IST
The notice was issued by a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh. The high court has sought to know Centre's stand on the issue by March.
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Earlier this month WhatsApp had introduced its privacy policy mandating its users to accept its terms and conditions.(Bloomberg)
Earlier this month WhatsApp had introduced its privacy policy mandating its users to accept its terms and conditions.(Bloomberg)

Plea moved in Supreme Court seeking stay on WhatsApp privacy policy updates

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 11:16 PM IST
The plea stated that the 2021 Policy of WhatsApp is highly invasive and has been unilaterally forced upon Indian internet users.
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)

News updates from HT: Farmers gather for Mumbai rally and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:51 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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WhatsApp has assured that they do not expand its ability to share user data with its parent company Facebook and is working to address the "misinformation" that was being spread about its privacy norms.(MINT_PRINT)
WhatsApp has assured that they do not expand its ability to share user data with its parent company Facebook and is working to address the "misinformation" that was being spread about its privacy norms.(MINT_PRINT)

WhatsApp thanks Parliamentary committee after meeting on data privacy

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:30 PM IST
The committee met the officials of Twitter and Facebook to hear their views on safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social and online news media platforms.
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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor heads the parliamentary panel on information and technology.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor heads the parliamentary panel on information and technology.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Facebook, Twitter officials to appear before parliamentary panel on IT today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:51 AM IST
News agency ANI reported that recent changes in the privacy policy of Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will also be discussed at the meeting of parliamentary panel today.
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Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out a new privacy policy recently that included mandatory sharing of data with its parent company.(REUTERS)
Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out a new privacy policy recently that included mandatory sharing of data with its parent company.(REUTERS)

WhatsApp backs policy, says addressing ‘misinformation’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:04 AM IST
“We wish to reinforce that this update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook. Our aim is to provide transparency and new options available to engage with businesses...” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
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Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

Government writes to WhatsApp, asks it to withdraw new privacy policy

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:27 AM IST
It has also issued a detailed questionnaire to WhatsApp seeking more details about its data-sharing protocols and business practices
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The policy update said WhatsApp plans to share more user data with Facebook.(MINT FILE)
The policy update said WhatsApp plans to share more user data with Facebook.(MINT FILE)

Don’t use WhatsApp if concerned about data: Delhi HC

By Richa banka
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:07 AM IST
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also refused to issue notice on a plea by lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla, who had challenged the new updated policy of WhatsApp
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WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)

'Can't read your personal conversation: WhatsApp shares status amid backlash

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:38 PM IST
Whatsapp said it can't see users' shared location and it doesn't share contacts with Facebook.
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WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)

WhatsApp defers new policy on info sharing

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:38 PM IST
WhatsApp cancelled its February 8 deadline for accepting the tweak to its terms of service, involving sharing data with Facebook servers. The platform said it would instead “go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.”
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WhatsApp, through its counsel, had written to the court suggesting that justice Singh should not hear the matter because she appeared as a senior counsel against WhatsApp in a matter in the Supreme Court in 2016.(MINT_PRINT)
WhatsApp, through its counsel, had written to the court suggesting that justice Singh should not hear the matter because she appeared as a senior counsel against WhatsApp in a matter in the Supreme Court in 2016.(MINT_PRINT)

Delhi HC objects to WhatsApp asking judge not to hear PIL

By Richa banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:24 AM IST
Justice Pratibha M Singh said the e-mail, which was later withdrawn, was completely unwarranted because she was anyway going to recuse herself from hearing the case filed by lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla, who has contended that WhatsApp’s updated policy violates the individual’s Right to Privacy.
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Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google's app stores, while WhatsApp's growth is on the decline following a privacy fiasco where the company was forced to clarify a message it sent to users.(AP)
Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google's app stores, while WhatsApp's growth is on the decline following a privacy fiasco where the company was forced to clarify a message it sent to users.(AP)

Open to answering any queries from govt on privacy policy update: WhatsApp

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:10 PM IST
"We know we have to compete for users' trust when it comes to privacy and that's very good for the world. People should have choices in how they communicate and feel confident that no one else can see their chats," WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart said.
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The move comes in the wake of growing concerns over data breach after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy.(Reuters)
The move comes in the wake of growing concerns over data breach after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy.(Reuters)

'Continue to protect private messages': WhatsApp clarifies privacy policy again

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 12:57 PM IST
The popular messaging app has been facing a trust deficit after it issued an update to its privacy policy on January 8 related to data sharing with Facebook and how data is used when a customer interacts with a business using WhatsApp.
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma became the second tech chief and world's richest man Elon Musk to endorse Signal after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy(Bloomberg photo)
Vijay Shekhar Sharma became the second tech chief and world's richest man Elon Musk to endorse Signal after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy(Bloomberg photo)

Paytm CEO ‘Signals’ users should leave WhatsApp over data privacy concerns

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma posted a detailed tweet on Monday accusing WhatsApp and Facebook of "abusing their monopoly" and taking users' privacy for granted. Sharma also stated that India being the largest market for the messaging platform should exercise its power and move en masse to Signal.
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Twitter flooded with memes about WhatsApp and Signal.(Twitter/@tanwarshalu)
Twitter flooded with memes about WhatsApp and Signal.(Twitter/@tanwarshalu)

WhatsApp users rally to Signal after new update, prompt meme fest on Twitter

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 12:36 PM IST
After people started talking about shifting to the new app, a meme fest started on Twitter that may tickle your funny bone too.
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WhatsApp's rival platforms like Signal and Telegram are reportedly seeing a surge in downloads. (@signalapp/Twitter Photo )
WhatsApp's rival platforms like Signal and Telegram are reportedly seeing a surge in downloads. (@signalapp/Twitter Photo )

‘There’ll never be ads’: Signal jabs Facebook after WhatsApp updates terms

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Signal’s tweet comes in the backdrop of people looking for alternatives of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which recently revised its privacy policy.
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Users must agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts at WhatsApp.(File photo for representation)
Users must agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts at WhatsApp.(File photo for representation)

WhatsApp gets dumped by Turkey's Erdogan on mounting privacy concerns

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 04:12 PM IST
Changes to WhatsApp’s terms and services effective Feb. 8 will allow it to share data with parent company Facebook Inc.
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After WhatsApp updates its policy, people are discussing Signal app, which was created by Signal Foundation, set up by former WhatsApp co-founder Brien Acton who left WhatsApp in 2017.(Reuters representative image)
After WhatsApp updates its policy, people are discussing Signal app, which was created by Signal Foundation, set up by former WhatsApp co-founder Brien Acton who left WhatsApp in 2017.(Reuters representative image)

What is Signal and why is it trending?

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 02:06 PM IST
The Signal app on Saturday tweeted and clarified that Signal Advance and Signal app are two different companies.
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WhatsApp elaborated on its website how the new policy will change how the app collects data(REUTERS)
WhatsApp elaborated on its website how the new policy will change how the app collects data(REUTERS)

WhatsApp updates terms of service: Makes it mandatory to accept new privacy policy

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:46 PM IST
The in-app notification sent on Tuesday shared some information about the key updates about WhatsApp’s service and how it processes user data, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their chats.
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A morning walker near India Gate on a winter morning at Rajpath in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)
A morning walker near India Gate on a winter morning at Rajpath in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Delhi’s AQI deteriorates slightly and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:56 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Mahita Nagaraj was recently invited to interact with Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, to share her experience
Mahita Nagaraj was recently invited to interact with Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, to share her experience

HT Brunch Social Media Star of the Week: Mahita Nagaraj

By Karishma Kuenzang | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:12 AM IST
This single mum from Bengaluru created a community of over 55,000 volunteers to help those stuck due to lockdown
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Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from January 1, 2021 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times).
Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from January 1, 2021 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times).

New year, new rules: What all is changing from January 1, 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:38 PM IST
Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from the first day of the new year.
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Steps to download Christmas stickers(Pexels)
Steps to download Christmas stickers(Pexels)

Here’s how you can download Christmas stickers on Whatsapp and spread holiday cheer virtually

By hindustantimes.com | Posted by Nishtha Grover | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, it has become difficult to meet your family and spend Christmas together. While we celebrate the festival virtually, it is time to download Christmas stickers on Whatsapp and send holiday cheer to your family to make it extra special.
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Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.(File photo)
Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.(File photo)

Mandatory FASTags, Quarterly GST filing and WhatsApp services: Rules that are changing from Jan 1

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:29 AM IST
From tomorrow – January 1, 2021, some rules on quarterly GST filing, mandatory FASTags and discontinuation of WhatsApp services on some phones are going to change. Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.
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WhatsApp provides encrypted services to billions of users for free because its costs are borne entirely by its parent, Facebook. So, the fountainhead of “deaths by WhatsApp” in India is Facebook’s monopolistic profits(Shutterstock)
WhatsApp provides encrypted services to billions of users for free because its costs are borne entirely by its parent, Facebook. So, the fountainhead of “deaths by WhatsApp” in India is Facebook’s monopolistic profits(Shutterstock)

The menace of social media monopolies

By Praveen Chakravarty
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Facebook’s global monopoly profits helped propel WhatsApp’s domination of India, with great social costs
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The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Viswam, a Communist Party of India (CPI) leader challenging the permission to WhatsApp to start UPI services.(File photo)
The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Viswam, a Communist Party of India (CPI) leader challenging the permission to WhatsApp to start UPI services.(File photo)

WhatsApp refutes in SC claims of ‘unsecure’ payment services system, says ‘Absolutely baseless’,

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:09 PM IST
The plea also sought directions to the Reserve Bank of India for framing regulation to ensure that data collected on UPI platforms are not “exploited” or used in any manner other than for processing payments.
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WhatsApp on Tuesday said it is adding ‘carts’ feature to make it easier for businesses to conduct transactions through the platform(REUTERS)
WhatsApp on Tuesday said it is adding ‘carts’ feature to make it easier for businesses to conduct transactions through the platform(REUTERS)

WhatsApp adds ‘carts’ feature to make shopping easier

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 09:15 PM IST
With carts, people can browse a catalog, select multiple products, and send the order as one message to the business.WhatsApp added that ‘carts’ feature is going live around the world on Tuesday, just in time for the holiday season.
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Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)
Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launches a Whatsapp helpline for women in distress

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Panaji (Goa) [India]
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:28 AM IST
In an additional measure of safety for women in the state, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant along with Goa Police launched an exclusive Whatsapp helpline number which ‘will be functional round the clock at the State Police Control Room, Panaji to redress grievances of women in distress’
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A logo of WhatsApp (REUTERS/File Photo)
A logo of WhatsApp (REUTERS/File Photo)

WhatsApp ‘OTP scam’: What is it and how not to fall prey

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 03:37 PM IST
Hackers and scammers have devised a new strategy to target WhatsApp users: a one-time password (OTP).
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