WhatsApp released a controversial new privacy policy earlier this year that sent many users flocking to other messaging apps. Should you be concerned?

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WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was scheduled to take effect from February 8, but has been postponed due to a global outcry against its changes. The update, centered around data sharing practices with WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook, had many users alarmed by its apparent privacy overreach. In response, WhatsApp delayed the implementation of its changes to May 15 while it further explained the changes.

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Like most privacy policies, WhatsApp’s privacy policy is left intentionally complicated. This has added…


Is the government collecting surveillance data under pretext of contact tracing? Do the benefits of contact tracing apps outweigh the privacy harms? Here are some questions to ask before you use them or ditch them.

TraceTogether, Singapore’s contact tracing app. Photo: StraitsTimes
TraceTogether, Singapore’s contact tracing app. Photo: StraitsTimes
TraceTogether, Singapore’s contact tracing app.
Photo: StraitsTimes

Facial recognition, location tracking, and the monitoring of credit card records feel uncannily Orwellian; yet they have become somewhat legitimized in the name of contact tracing. By monitoring locations where contagious individuals have visited, governments can identify close contacts that are at risk of infection. …


TikTok has been thrown into the spotlight for its alleged threat to national security. But is TikTok actually any worse than other social media networks like Facebook?

President Trump issued an executive order banning TikTok in the US. Photo: USAToday

What is TikTok?

Best known for its goofy dance memes and the dare-like challenges, TikTok is a video streaming and sharing app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. ByteDance acquired a U.S. music-based social network, Music.ly, in November 2017, and adapted it to produce the current version of TikTok. TikTok has since grown rapidly to attract over 500 million users worldwide through its short, funny, addictive (and often absolutely cringe-worthy) videos.

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However, even if…

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