Government officials and the Turkish Presidency will stop using their WhatsApp accounts following the company’s new privacy terms.
In statements made via WhatsApp this Sunday, presidential officials indicated that the media office will update journalists through BiP, a unit of the Turkish communication company Turkcell, starting Monday.
According to Turkish state media citing Turkcell, BiP gained more than 1.12 million users in just 24 hours, with more than 53 million users worldwide.
Modifications made to WhatsApp’s terms and services will take effect on February 8 and will allow you to share data with parent company Facebook and its other subsidiaries.
As we inform you in Somagnews, users must accept the new terms in order to continue using the application after the deadline.
On Saturday, Ali Taha Koc, head of Turkey’s Presidential Digital Transformation Office, criticized WhatsApp’s new terms of service and exemption from new data sharing rules for users in the UK and the European Union.
He called on the Turks to use “national and local” apps like BiP and Dedi.
“The distinction between EU member countries and others in terms of data privacy is unacceptable! As we have cited in the Information and Communications Security Guide, foreign-sourced applications carry significant risks with respect to data security, ”Koc said in a tweet.
“That is why we must protect our digital data with local and national software and develop it according to our needs. Let’s not forget that Turkey’s data would stay in Turkey thanks to local and national solutions. ”
New WhatsApp rules
The firm said that the updated terms will allow additional information to be shared between WhatsApp and Facebook and its other applications such as Instagram and Messenger, such as contacts and profile data, but not the content of messages that remain encrypted.
Facebook aims to monetize WhatsApp by allowing companies to communicate with their customers through the platform and sell them products directly using the service, as they already do in India.
In 2017, the European Union fined the US social media giant $ 120 million for providing incorrect and misleading information about its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp regarding the ability to link accounts between services.
In November, Turkey fined global social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, $ 1.18 million each for failing to comply with a new social media law.
The new law, which came into effect in October, requires platforms with more than one million daily users in Turkey to appoint a responsible representative before Turkish courts, comply with orders to remove “offensive” content within 48 hours, and store the user data.