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WhatsApp has hit strides in India, becoming the most popular messaging app, partially due to its simple user interface and its end to end secure encryption.

European Union has come down harshly over privacy concerns for users of popular social media platform WhatsApp. This came in wake of WhatsApp not resolving the concerned authorities’ concerns over the popular apps’ sharing of user data with its parent company Facebook, even a year after it was first issued a warning.

WhatsApp has hit strides in India, becoming the most popular messaging app, partially due to its simple user interface and its end to end secure encryption. WhatsApp changed its privacy policy in mid last year and started sharing users’ phone numbers and their other information of personal nature with Facebook without a proper memo that informs the users of this face. This act drew widespread criticism and regulatory scrutiny across Europe and Asia, and WhatsApp for a time suspended the data sharing for EU users only. Asia still lags behind when dealing with issues concerning cyber security and privacy.

EU data protection authorities, however, taking strict actions, said in a letter, sent to WhatsApp on Tuesday 24th Oct and published on Wednesday, that the company had still not resolved their concerns about sharing user data without their prior consent.

The authorities have noted that the information given to users about the privacy policy update by WhatsApp was highly ambiguous and seriously deficient considering it was related to getting their consent.

The Authorities noted that while there is a balance to be found and regualted between presenting the user with too much of the information and not enough information, the initial alert made no mention at all of the crucial information users needed. They were unable to make an informed choice, and simply clicked the agree button that resulted in their personal data being shared with the company of Whatsapp, i.e. Facebook and its family. This information can be now shared with other partner websites and can be used to present the users with targeted advertisements.

The data protection authority of Ireland, which has final jurisdiction over Facebook in the European Union because the company has its European headquarters in Dublin, said that in April it had hoped to reach a deal over the issue of data sharing with WhatsApp and the partner websites. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that, they have engaged previously with other data protection authorities to explain how their terms and privacy policy update applies to those people who use WhatsApp in Europe. They also said that they remain committed to respecting the applicable law and will continue to work with concerned officials in Europe to address the questions over privacy.

The data protection authorities also raised concern over the argument of users’ consent not being given as freely as WhatsApp claimed. WhatsApp had effectively adopted a ‘take it or leave it approach.’ This ends in users either giving their `consent’ to the sharing of their data or they are from then on unable to avail themselves of WhatsApp’s messaging services.

A new European Union data protection law will come in force in May 2018, which will give regulators the power to fine companies up to 4% of their global turnover for violating the cyber privacy laws.

What we need in India and other Asian countries is a similar outcry for cyber privacy and enactment of strict laws to protect the interests of users on a regular basis.

 

-Archit Upadhyay

 

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Mobiles and social networking sites likes facebook, whatsapp, instagram and twitter have these days become the most priorty choice and liking of the people and is considered as one of the best options to suffice and fulfill the lust for mental and psychological satisfaction.

This IT revolution has undoubtedly brought people nearer and knowledge to one’s doorstep provided this medium is used logically for developing knowledge based inputs and IQ but contrarily it has also proved to be a greatest disaster as users with manipulative tactics, criminal bent of minds having sexual lust and intent to use it for exploiting people for narrow monetory or material ends and what not, unfortunately, use this easily available via media for immoral and illegal motives.

The young, old, even children and the women use social media extensively and have rather become its addict nationally not leaving even the lowest strata of the society uninfluenced by its massive impression. While social networking sites are the boon for the budding talents and experienced people with immense knowledge to share their experiences, talents, achievements and know-how, there had also been hundreds of thousands of instances of posting nude or semi nude highly objectionable pics on several sites to entice people, especially innocent young boys and girls to fall in their ugly traps, unknowingly.  In several cases the fake FB users in particular misuse the sites to entice girls and married women into their traps on false pretexts and promises, ultimately confronting legal hassles and breaking of families.

There have been several instances of blackmails as well in the social networking sites when the users copy the chats by taking the pictures of undesirable chats n objectionable postures and thereafter exploit the situation to their advantage. The teen aged boys and girls are the worst affected lot in this chatting exercise who get swayed away by the imposters and unintentionally fall into their trap unluckily thus spoiling their carrers and reputation.

There had been several incidents of suicides as well due to the social taboos and stigma. Social media sites lke FB and twitters are the paradise and God sent devise for politicians, political parties and the governments in power including the media who exploit it to the maximum to derive maximum socio political and professional advantage by posting their accomplishments, achievements and programmes and influencing their huge fan following. The sites are also used for the free promotion of various products by small, marginal and medium businessmen free of costs.

The prime minister of India Narendra Modi and the AAP supremo Arvind Krjrival followed by Congress supremo Rahul Gandhi etc have taken and derived maximum political advantage by rightfully using the facebook and twitter and have encouraged other political parties too to derive maximum advantage and benefit out of this God send devise in India.

Its surprising to note that our prime minister tops the chart of maximum followers in the country on his twitter handle followed by Arvind Kejrival and Rahul Gandhi. Today internet banking, railway and air reservations, google searches for any information, instant photography of an event and information relating to any service have made the peoples lives entirely convenient and comfortable.

In the event of capturing any unusual event of public interest if captured through mobile cameras are usually instantly posted in social networking sites that go viral in minutes and draw the attention of the media and the governments. In other words, these sites have alerted the various government departments and stake holders and at times keep them on tenterhooks or make them answerable to the common masses.

The world has squeezed and people and informations have come to your doorsteps. However, it’s also true that the addiction of social media has spoiled those who stick to it for just killing time and thus losing their physical action and achivement part. Using social media at the cost of one’s performance that results into sheer wastage of time, energy and sustenance including family n carrer interests is definitely a liability and should be given up unless or until it hels him or her achieve something credible or worthwhile.

It’s definitely a huge revolution of Information technology for which the credit primarily goes to the former prime minister of the country late Rajiv Gandhi and the then IT brain behind it Sam Pitroda. I remember the days of 1991 when Rajiv opened the the doors for Liberalisation and computers the entire opposition was against him as if heavens have fallen down.

The opposition’s logic was the people of the country would loose employment enmasse and there’ll be poverty all around. But fortunately today those who opposed Rajiv Gandhi are the biggest and the massive users of the social networking sites and internet which is providing employment to the youths of the country. The time is not far when print journalism will replace to digital and online journalism and the newspapers would be the thing of the past. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EAGERLY WAITING FOR BIRTHDAY WISHES AND MIDNIGHT SURPRISES

Well birthday is a special moment ,a day, a time or a best part of life, everyone has a different level of excitement for his/her birthday. Most important thing about birthday is being around awesome surprises and getting everything we were expecting. Whether a boy or a girl everyone of them expects their friends to reach home at 12 and surprise them with a cake.

The funny thing about this is everyone knows they will be surprised and acts like they were unaware about the plans.

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WAITING FOR THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE

Birthday wishes become more special when your special someone adds a bit of sweetness to it. We always expect our best friend or our mom and dad or the special someone to wish us first. The feeling of experiencing this moment is so special that it automatically brings a big smile on our face!

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CHECKING YOUR FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP WISHES

Birthdays should be declared as  HAPPY 24 HOURS CONSTANT FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS DAY!!

Checking facebook timeline and whatsapp wishes is one of the interesting tasks to do on your birthday. Sometimes it’s boring too but it’s fun having loads of wishes and feeling like a king/queen.

One of the annoying things we face when our “bhabhi ki chichi ki beti posts an annoying picture of ours on our timeline and inspite of getting a surprise we get a big shock”.

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CAKE FACIAL

We want or not we have to face it and fight with it. Most irritating and funny part of birthday is dressing up nicely and end up being a “ghost”.

Some girls be like “MERA MAKEUP AND SPECIALLY EYELINER KHARAB HOJAEGA”

And some “KANJOOS FRIENDS” be like “YAAR CAKE MEHNGA BANA HAI KYA KAREGE MARKE MUH PAR”

Well its somehow a special moment one dies to experience, there lots of memories and stories behind it.

SPECIAL GIFTS AND SURPRISES

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It’s not the gift but it’s the memories we collect and thoughts we count. Sometimes the most  shocking surprises are the most beautiful surprises and having them on your day is something out of the box…

Best part of having gifts is ‘CLICKING PICTURE OF ALL THE GIFTS TOGETHER ANF FLAUNTING THEM IN FRONT OF EVERYONE”

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A PERFECT BIRTHDAY SELFIE

It is the biggest reason for which we get properly dress up. We capture best of moments in one picture and cherish them later seeing them. Because birthdays are incomplete without capturing every moment and selife is a “NECESSITY’

“KYUNKI BOSS EK SELIFE TO FB COVER PIC BANTI HAI NA”

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THANKING EVERYONE AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR THEIR WISHES

It’s sort of a sad part of the day too because at last your birthday is gonna end but it brings excitement too, reading the messages and taking all the wishes make us feel on the top and thanking all the people makes the birthday girl/boy feel more good and exciting, talking to everyone about your birthday telling them each thing you had and sharing all the special moments with everyone gives us a chance to live those moments again!

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I also feel the same on my day hope you could also relate to these things.

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It is time to check whether you would be able to use the WhatsApp messenger in your phone in 2017 or not because it is expected that the WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smartphones in January 2017 unless they are upgraded.

WhatsApp has more than one million monthly users and there would be millions of smartphones which would no longer be able to use this popular messenger because of old technology and needs a technology upgrade.

According to a WhatsApp spokesperson they feel that they want to implement some upgrades in the messenger and this will not be possible in the old phones because they do not offer app’s features in the future.

They have made a 7 years plan and in next seven years, they want to focus on efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. There would several old services which would be put to end and customers will not be able to use them.

For iPhone users, WhatsApp will not work on any 3GS iPhones and will also not work on iOS 6 devices.

So the iPad users of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation devices need to be upgraded to iOS 9.3 if they want to use the service. Also tablets and phones running on Android 2.1 or 2.2 operating system will also not be able to use WhatsApp after year end.

Even support for Windows 7 running devices will also be stopped and would be working on the upgraded versions only so it is the best time to upgrade all the devices if you want to use the famous and very much needed WhatsApp service.

WhatsApp has extended its services by giving support to Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until 30th June in 2017.