Privacy Options: Messenger Apps

In this series, we discuss privacy topics that relate to common technology services, and privacy-enhancing options.

It's probably safe to describe WhatsApp use in Bermuda as "fairly popular."


One of the first questions I was asked when relocating was, "Do you have WhatsApp?" Many conversation end with, "WhatsApp me!" and when I say that I don't use the service, the idea causes a reaction mixed between surprise and outright confusion.


Why wouldn't I use WhatsApp? Well, a note to start: all privacy choices are personal. We each undertake our own balancing of what information we are comfortable sharing with what service we are getting. But I personally have not been comfortable with placing my trust in WhatsApp, since it was part of a Facebook family of companies that has a history of