WhatsApp ranked worst for users’ data privacy in internet

People who are concerned about the government prying into their data should stay away from WhatsApp, Google and Microsoft and instead use Apple and Dropbox, according to a new report from privacy campaigners.

A new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called ‘Who Has Your Back?’, has ranked the biggest technology companies on how transparent and protective they are of users’ data. The report has been running since 2011 and has expanded over the years, as well as dropping companies like MySpace.

WhatsApp was criticised on almost every measure, and received the joint worst ranking with AT&T. The chat app is owned by Facebook but was rated separately from it — the parent social network got approval on every criteria apart from its policy on disclosing when governments ask for content to be taken off the site.

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