“Unrestrained greed for data” – Vorarlberger Nachrichten

What celebrities think of WhatsApp’s new regulations.

Schwarzach In February last year, WhatsApp reached the limit of two billion monthly active users for the first time. Around 100 billion messages are now sent around the world every day via Messenger. At least for now: many users are now turning their backs on WhatsApp. The reason is the new terms of use, which are intended to facilitate data exchange with Facebook, including telephone numbers and location information.

Although these do not apply to EU citizens for the time being, the changes have nevertheless caused some fierce criticism.

“I get off”

The UN asked prominent Vorarlbergers how they would react to the new data protection guidelines and whether they would consider switching to another messenger provider. For aristocracy expert Lisbeth Bischoff it is clear: WhatsApp will be replaced by Signal on her smartphone. “Even if the new directives do not come into effect in the EU, they still have a pale aftertaste. That’s why I’m getting out. ”Pool bar manager Herwig Bauer also wants to look for alternatives. VN-TAS

“Whether WhatsApp, Telegram or Signal. It is important to be aware that all the data that we disclose will also be processed. A change is therefore currently out of the question for me. What concerns me more is what power social networks are now taking and with what naivety we sometimes react to them. This can be illustrated well, for example, in dealing with the American President on Twitter. I find it shocking when with the current development of social media your own opinion is completely undermined and a discussion is only allowed one-sided. If there are no restrictions here, then this development will lead to long-term, serious problems. ” Lukas Wagner, 27, slam poet and organizer

“I've already switched to Messenger Signal.  Even if the new directives do not come into effect in the EU, a pale aftertaste remains.  In addition, the contacts were given to me in confidence and not that someone else could make money with them.  I don't like this game, so I'm getting out. ”Lisbeth Bischoff, 65, aristocracy expert from Dornbirn

I’ve already switched to Messenger Signal. Even if the new directives do not come into effect in the EU, a pale aftertaste remains. In addition, the contacts were given to me in confidence and not that someone else could make money with them. I don’t like this game, that’s why I’m getting out. ” Lisbeth Bischoff, 65, nobility expert from Dornbirn

“Of course, the omnipotence of the corporations was already a cause for concern - and not just in the communications sector.  And I have to admit that I haven't always consistently opposed this.  But the current case of unrestrained data greed is a good reason to look for alternatives.  We are currently checking fairchat from fairkom in Vorarlberg for the Poolbar Festival. ”Herwig Bauer (47), head of the Poolbar Festival

“Of course it was Omnipotence of the corporations has been questionable so far – not only in the communication area. And I have to admit that I haven’t always consistently opposed this. But the current case of unrestrained data greed is a good reason to look for alternatives. For the Poolbar Festival we are currently checking fairchat from fairkom in Vorarlberg. ” Herwig Bauer (47), director of the pool bar festival

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