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Why everyone should be using Signal instead of WhatsApp

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The Signal protocol underpins WhatsApp's encryption, but Facebook's ubiquitous messaging service doesn't hold a candle to Signal itselfSince WhatsApp has changed its data collection policy Signal has become overwhelmed by a new influx of users, which has caused some temporary problems, but they say it will be sorted soon. 5. Hope  much can you trust Facebook?Perhaps the most compelling reason to use Signal is Facebook's long-standing lack of respect for its users' privacy. Facebook has an appalling history when it comes to data collection and handling, from the Cambridge Analytica affair to its practice of sharing data about users with phone manufacturers.It’s already proved that it can’t be trusted with WhatsApp user data that should, under EU law, have remained private. In 2017,

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 The Signal protocol underpins WhatsApp's encryption, but Facebook's ubiquitous messaging service doesn't hold a candle to Signal itself


Since WhatsApp has changed its data collection policy Signal has become overwhelmed by a new influx of users, which has caused some temporary problems, but they say it will be sorted soon. 

5. Hope  much can you trust Facebook?

Perhaps the most compelling reason to use Signal is Facebook's long-standing lack of respect for its users' privacy. Facebook has an appalling history when it comes to data collection and handling, from the Cambridge Analytica affair to its practice of sharing data about users with phone manufacturers.

It’s already proved that it can’t be trusted with WhatsApp user data that should, under EU law, have remained private. In 2017, European regulators took action against Facebook for sharing the WhatsApp users’ phone numbers with its Facebook social network for advertising purposes. Firmly in breach of data protection regulations, it was an opt-out rather than opt-in system. Facebook had previously claimed such a mechanism would never be implemented.


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Mike Norman is an economist and veteran trader whose career has spanned over 30 years on Wall Street. He is a former member and trader on the CME, NYMEX, COMEX and NYFE and he managed money for one of the largest hedge funds and ran a prop trading desk for Credit Suisse.

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