Can’t read your chats with new privacy policy: WhatsApp

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February 19, 2021

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Facing intense scrutiny over alleged data sharing with Facebook via new privacy policy, WhatsApp has reiterated that personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted and the company can't read or listen to them.

In a new blog post on Thursday, WhatsApp said that in the coming weeks, it will display a banner in its main platform providing more information that people can read at their own pace.

"We've also included more information to try and address concerns we're hearing. Eventually, we'll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp," the company said.

Last week, the Supreme Court said that people have grave apprehensions on loss of privacy, making it clear that it is the court's duty to protect this right as it heard a plea against WhatsApp's new privacy policy which has now been deferred till May 15.

A bench, headed by the Chief Justice and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, told counsel for WhatsApp: "People have grave apprehensions about loss of privacy. You may be 2 or 3 trillion dollar company, but people value their privacy more than your money... we have to protect people's privacy."

The top court issued notice to WhatsApp and Facebook on this plea against its new privacy policy.

WhatsApp said that it believes people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data.

"We strive to be thoughtful on the decisions we make and we'll continue to develop new ways of meeting these responsibilities with less information, not more," it mentioned.

WhatsApp delayed the implementation of a new privacy policy by three months after it faced backlash, with millions of its users moving from the platform to rivals like Telegram and Signal.

The policy change was originally scheduled to come into effect on February 8.

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February 19,2021

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Facing intense scrutiny over alleged data sharing with Facebook via new privacy policy, WhatsApp has reiterated that personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted and the company can't read or listen to them.

In a new blog post on Thursday, WhatsApp said that in the coming weeks, it will display a banner in its main platform providing more information that people can read at their own pace.

"We've also included more information to try and address concerns we're hearing. Eventually, we'll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp," the company said.

Last week, the Supreme Court said that people have grave apprehensions on loss of privacy, making it clear that it is the court's duty to protect this right as it heard a plea against WhatsApp's new privacy policy which has now been deferred till May 15.

A bench, headed by the Chief Justice and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, told counsel for WhatsApp: "People have grave apprehensions about loss of privacy. You may be 2 or 3 trillion dollar company, but people value their privacy more than your money... we have to protect people's privacy."

The top court issued notice to WhatsApp and Facebook on this plea against its new privacy policy.

WhatsApp said that it believes people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data.

"We strive to be thoughtful on the decisions we make and we'll continue to develop new ways of meeting these responsibilities with less information, not more," it mentioned.

WhatsApp delayed the implementation of a new privacy policy by three months after it faced backlash, with millions of its users moving from the platform to rivals like Telegram and Signal.

The policy change was originally scheduled to come into effect on February 8.

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February 13,2021

Nashville, Feb 13: It won't be a dog's life for a Tennessee canine whose owner recently died.

Lulu, an 8-year-old border collie, will be living the good life in Nashville after inheriting $5 million in her owner's will, WTVF-TV reported.

Martha Burton, Lulu's caretaker, told the station Lulu's owner, Bill Dorris, was a successful businessman who wasn't married and died late last year.

His will states the money should be put into a trust for Lulu's care. It allows for Burton to be reimbursed for reasonable monthly expenses in the care of Lulu.

“He just really loved the dog,” said Burton, who was friends with Dorris and would take care of the dog when he traveled.

She says she doesn't know if she could ever spend $5 million on Lulu.

“Well, I'd like to try," she said with a smile.

Dorris owned land along Interstate 65 where a controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is located.

The fate of the statue and the rest of the estate may be determined in probate court, the news outlet reported. 

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February 11,2021

Mumbai, Feb 11: Equity benchmark indices ended higher in volatile trading on Thursday with metal stocks gaining ground and PSU banks taking a beating.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 222 points or 0.43 per cent higher at 51,532 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 67 points or 0.44 per cent to 15,173.

Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed Nifty metal up by 1 per cent, FMCG by 0.8 per cent and IT by 0.6 per cent. But Nifty PSU bank dropped by 1.2 per cent and auto by 0.4 per cent.

Among stocks, index heavyweight Reliance Industries moved up by 4.4 per cent to wind up the day at Rs 2,061.80 per share and metal major Hindalco gained by 5.5 per cent to Rs 294.80.

Sun Pharma ticked up by 2.6 per cent, Adani Ports by 2.3 per cent, GAIL by 2.1 per cent, Power Grid by 1.8 per cent and Britannia by 1.3 per cent.

However, Eicher Motors dropped by 2.5 per cent and Tata Motors by 1.2 per cent. Titan, ONGC, Coal India, JSW Steel and HDFC Life were in the negative territory.
Meanwhile, Asian shares rested at record highs as investors digested recent meaty gains.

Adding to the torpor was a lack of liquidity as markets in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were all on holiday.

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