- The new changes require all users outside Europe to share their personal data.
A section of WhatsApp users are seeking alternatives after it changed its privacy terms requiring all users outside of Europe to share their personal data, including phone numbers and location, with Facebook.
Many have questioned WhatsApp’s move to share data with parent company Facebook. Users have been advised to move to secure messaging apps such as Telegram and Signal.
Data from survey firm Apptopia shows that about 810,000 users gobally installed Signal on Sunday, well on track to cross the 1 million mark.
With these numbers coming as a surprise, Signal said on Sunday that is adding more servers to handle the traffic. The app was used by journalists and human rights activists seeking for more security in their data.
The Apptopia survey also revealed that WhatsApp saw a 7 percent decline in daily installs on the same Sunday.
Over two billion active WhatsApp users now stand a risk of losing their accounts completely if they fail to agree to these new terms by February 8.
WhatsApp and Instagram are all part of Facebook. The latest change is a bid by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to integrate the social media platforms into one, for better service delivery.
The new policy will help improve relevant offers and ads across Facebook Company products. This will enable users to pay for products on WhatsApp using Facebook Pay.