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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    One of the reasons they're expanding their T&C's to share more metadata between Facebook and WA is so they don't have to do what you say. And if they do, it'll be dead easy to pick up. I don't believe the updated terms mention they are authorized to inspect your messages; while it's easy to be...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    The only reason papers don't do it is because they can't. Any service with access to data to improve ad targetting will do so to provide a more valuable service to its advertisers. He can do whatever he wants with anyone's data according to T&C's, so I'm sure he has been true to his word. I...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Telegram does explicitly say the need to share your number with 3rd parties to provide service, I guess this is what that's about. Signal had a blog posting on just this a while ago - it suffers from the same problem (as do things like Truecaller) - it's not really a security issue, it's just...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    The problem isn't really my friends, it's the community groups I'm part of, and randoms that I need to get hold of via IM. From Techcrunch, 23rd Dec 2020: They've already sold out. This is the thin end of the wedge. We've seen this movie before, we know what happens next. Personally it...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    No, but the Cambridge Analytica fiasco shows that this doesn't give you any protection at all. Telegram could sell its data upstream to a data aggregation juggernaut at any time. The problem with FB isn't what Facebook itself does with your data, that will just result in annoying ads - it's...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    I deal a lot with IT security and have a zero-trust approach to it... I trust nobody. I assume everything I do on a free platform will be leaked to everyone at some point. I still use all the platforms, but I don't treat it like my personal secret diary, I use them on my terms. Agreed...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Yeah I'm not a google fan either ... bad example :)
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Agreed, any app could do that if they really wanted. E2E's weakness is that the company controls both ends through the app (Signal, Whatsapp, Telegram, whatever - they all have this weakness) and could just send your messages/media as diagnostic data if they really wanted to. One just hopes...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    The problem is that Telegram creates an expectation of privacy, email doesn't. On their homepage they have > Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct. > Telegram keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks.
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Especially seeing the paragraph above says they can give all your data, messages and media to their parent companies - who could do the data leaking. We learned that this how the world worked from the Cambridge Analytica saga - once the data leaves a company, it isn't bound by their T&C's any more.
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Even if you change the options to be secure, etc, and then you start using it from multiple locations, like the PC app, it'll flip back to insecure without telling you (Telegram keeps its messages on its cloud to provide cross-client sync, as opposed to Whatsapp where the app makes an E2E...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Yup, I did read an article where they did say this happens every time they change anything, and someone did the numbers and WA gains users at such a rate, after this is over, they'll still have a net gain even if these tens of millions of people actually do leave.
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    That's an extremely naive viewpoint. Telegram is a free service. Like any free service, as they say "you are the product". You have to assume that it's only a matter of time until Telegram shares and sells your data. Their T&C's are actually worse than Whatsapp - Telegram can "share your...
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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    Everything I tried did a good job on video; it's easy enough for the devs to get a 4K monitor to develop and test on - amps are EXTREMELY fussy, and if everything isn't exactly right, they just say NOOOOO and do their own thing. Many times it seems like it's working OK, but then you look at the...
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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    I've tried NUCs as media PCs, and that's where they always came unstuck - squirting out a bitstream or reliable passthrough that amps liked. I still love them as devices - we use them around the office for the accounts/support staff.
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