Receiving your SIGNAL
Its actually surprisingly difficult to unentwined WhatsApp from our lives now. Damn you Facebook. I say ‘Damn’, but really I’m reaching for something stronger. I’m resisting the urge to launch into an expletives’ filled tirade. (it might be a New Years resolution) We’ll see how that works out for me. Ha.
I downloaded Signal last night. And so far… I have a staggering one friend already using this platform, who, when I contacted her to say ‘hi’ and have this anti-Facebook tête-à-tête with them, didn’t even know about the new terms conditions and how the Great Evil was about to farm all our chats. ‘Oh, I just use this to chat to my friends in Finland’.
I then co-opted my wife, who while not a privacy nutter like her husband, has also, through her own journey, started feeling a undeniable discomfort with the great technology corporations of the world. (which, unless you’re living under a rock, everyone should be… right?).
Of course downloading an app is easy, but actually migrating to an entirely new service is… well, its actually quite hard. Not without massive, broad support and buy-in from everyone you know and interact with. And, lets be honest, apathy is an impossibly difficult obstacle for humanity to hurdle.
So there we were. On the cusp of the abyss.
I mean depending on where you fall on the paranoia spectrum we’ve been on the cusp of the (Snowdenic) abyss forever now or you might be of the opinion that everything is awesome and that there is no abyss.
If you fall into the latter peerage, I am, to be honest, vaguely jealous. It must be nice to dwell in a perma-world of rainbows and unicorns, where Googles slogan is still ‘Don’t be evil’. Unfortunately, it is Platonic cave I wandered away from ages ago, and as much as I’d like to, I can’t go back. Also unicorns don’t exist. (sorry)
If this is all news to you here are the highlights (or low lights) of the new terms and conditions for WhatsApp.
We collect device and connection-specific information when you install, access, or use our Services. This includes information such as hardware model, operating system information, battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).
Anyways, download Signal. Or Telegram. Fight the evil!