WhatsApp’s data security is on the agenda again!


Darıcılı made a statement to the AA correspondent regarding the confidentiality agreement that WhatsApp will make mandatory again on May 15.

Underlining that WhatsApp is one of the companies of Mark Zuckerberg like Facebook, Darıcılı said that WhatsApp brought such a contract in front of its users in order to generate income from the data.

Noting that WhatsApp is a free application, Darıcılı continued his words as follows:

“This company does not receive advertisements on the application. But it must have an income. At this point, it is very important to use personal data. The company imposes this contract on its users in order to share personal data.

WhatsApp will share the data with Facebook. There is no guarantee that Facebook will not share this data with other companies. It is said in the current contract that the data will be shared with Facebook. The contract says ‘I am sharing this with Facebook’. Does Facebook share data with other companies? I think he’s sharing it. Data enters a cycle, first shared on Facebook and then with other companies. After all, let’s say this: If you use communication resources such as social media, it is very difficult for you to hide your data and to camouflage yourself. So if you are on the internet, you are already sharing all your personal data. You have no escape from this. “

“Protecting the personal data of citizens is one of the main duties of states”

Reminding that the protection of citizens’ personal data is one of the main duties of states, Darıcılı said, “WhatsApp is an international company after all. It is a requirement of the sovereign right of the State of the Republic of Turkey to inspect the activities of this company and to open a representative office in Turkey and to be accrued to Turkish law. This is an anti-democratic. “This is something that is happening all over the world, in France and also in the UK. WhatsApp is a foreign company. It has so many users in Turkey and it is the right of the Republic of Turkey to control this activity.”

Noting that there had been reactions in Turkey about WhatsApp’s use of personal data before, Darıcılı said, “In Turkey, there was a huge reaction about WhatsApp, saying ‘WhatsApp shares your personal data.’ So what happened next? They said that they will pass, but WhatsApp has not suffered a large amount of user loss. WhatsApp is insecure and Telegram or Signal is very secure? All of the foreign origin software come to the same door. he spoke.

Underlining that companies share data as metadata, Darıcılı continued his words as follows:

“WhatsApp has forty million users in Turkey. There is still no cloud technology in the world that can track all data of forty million people, conversation information, photo sharing and video sharing. It is already forbidden to share people’s photos and message content. Metadata such as people’s location information is shared. This metadata is used for commercial purposes. But this applies to ordinary people. If you are a person with a special position, if you are engaged in terrorist activity or are engaged in spying activity, then of course there is also the ability and the ability to focus on more sensitive data. ” found in the description.

What happened in the WhatsApp privacy agreement discussions?

WhatsApp announced the change in privacy policy and new terms of use on January 4, 2021. It has been reported that if users do not approve the agreement until February 8, 2021, users will not be able to use WhatsApp. It was stated that if the user accepts the published policies, user data such as account, status, connection, device, automatically collected usage, registration and location can be shared with Facebook companies. It was stated that those who will use the application must agree to share their data with Facebook, and if the contract is not accepted, the user will no longer be able to access WhatsApp.

On January 15, 2021, WhatsApp updated the date of February 8 to May 15, 2021, on the grounds of being able to better explain the changes in the new contract to users after official investigations and users’ reactions. Gradual restrictions will be applied for those who do not consent to the new terms of use that WhatsApp will send to its users on May 15.