It was the 30th episode of Sacchi Baat, hosted by Professor Vivek Kumar, Deputy Director, Infrastructure & Development, (ASET) & HoD Automobile Engineering (AIT).
Amit Dubey, Crime Investigator on cyber crime and ethical hacking, was the eminent guest who shared light on the issue.
Addressing the confusion on the privacy concerns, he added, “There are a lot many applications in our phones which access even more data than this. We are raising question over whatsapp because may be our expectation with it is different. For an app like PubG or Camscanner taking much of our data, no one’s concerned. But people are jolted because WhatsApp is largely considered a very safe and private platform of communication.”
Investigator Dubey further added that WhatsApp might have given an option for users to maybe pay a small monthly amount or choose not to use additional feature, but they didn’t do any such thing hence it has created all this mayhem around the issue.
“This was very wrong on part of Whatsapp hence public answered them in right way,” he noted. To summarise it all, Dubey said, “There is not going to be any constant surveillance by WhatsApp hence there is nothing to be panic. But I believe that people migrating from it has certainly challenged its monopolistic approach. People should remain alert about the permission that they grant to different application and hence awareness is the key to staying safe.”