Posted By: | May 26, 2021 |

‘Data Colonialism’: Comments on National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)’s Advisory on WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy in Nigeria

At the beginning of the year, precisely on 4th January 2021, WhatsApp introduced a new privacy policy (the New Policy) to share more commercial user data with its parent company, Facebook and indicating its intention to enforce same on 8th February 2021. The New Policy sparked widespread outcry from WhatsApp users; prompting WhatsApp on 12th January 2021, to clarify that they do not share personal chat messages with Facebook. Instead, the update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how Whatsapp collect and use data.

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