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WhatsApp information sharing – A Threat to Users’ Privacy

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– by Amit Srivastava

Sept 09, 2016: In absence of proper privacy laws for social media and e-commerce companies and complicated prosecution process, big MNCs are taking full leverage of situation to gather, share and market the Indian users’ personal details. Google and Facebook are leading companies involved in manipulation of users’ information.

Recently, it was announced that popular messenger WhatsApp will share information with the Facebook. This has caused an uproar in many countries as it is a direct breach of privacy. On this potential violation, US Federal Trade Commission is reviewing a joint complaint from two consumer privacy groups. European Union regulators have also affirmed that indicated European users need to remain in charge of their personal data.

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In India, such privacy breach generally goes unchallenged. However, in a rare instance, the matter has been contested in Delhi high court by two users Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi. On their petition against WhatsApp’s recent decision to share user data with parent company Facebook, Delhi High Court has sought the government’s response regarding the modification. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra has issued a notice to the Centre and asked the concerned authorities to file their reply by September 14.

Hence it is suggested to every Indian user must opt out of personal information sharing. In India also, Facebook has shared user’s information of Whatsapp with Facebook, without any prior intimation. To avoid this imposed privacy breach, follow these steps:

(i) Go to Whatsapp Settings
(ii) Click on Accounts
(iii) Uncheck “share my account info”

Every WhatsApp users must do it now. Else your personal chat, photos, and videos could be shared with Facebook. Please Alert and inform others about this.
Existing WhatsApp users have time until September 25, 2016, to click through this update and agree or not agree to Facebook using their WhatsApp data to suggest friends and serve ads.

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After this particular date, the company might automatically share the users’ details with Facebook.  Hope, we will have appropriate privacy laws soon to tame top violators like Google and Facebook. Till then, be vigilant about your online privacy.

This abrupt policy change is made, as Facebook eyes to make more profit and this is so because Whatsapp is a more personalised form of staying connected to people. The information, content and the activities of every user are added in ‘Big Data’ of the company. They use this Big Data to earn advertisements, market surveys, consumers profiling and others profit making exchanges. With his change, the arena of Social Media has become more vulnerable and insecure. We need to be extra cautious while putting any personal details even on personal messaging platforms like WhatsApp!     

– Amit is a Freelancer based in India. Twitter: @amisri

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25 Funny jokes That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone's sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at

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Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
  • Laughter is the best medicine and rightly so
  • Everyone loves hearing and sharing jokes on WhatsApp
  • Jokes can instantly lighten your mood up

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? Life can get stressful at times, all we need in those depressing moments is a good laugh. Laughing is very healthy for us, and it has been proven multiple times by multiple people. Everyone likes a person who can tell a good joke.

Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay
Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone’s sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at. Here is the list of such 25 funny jokes which will make you laugh out loud :

Some clever word play, which will get you laughing your heart out

1. Why was the little strawberry crying? His mom was in a jam.

2. What did one hat say to the other?

You stay here. I’ll go on ahead

3. What do you call a pony with a cough?

A little hoarse

4. What did the cop say to his stomach?

Stop! I’ve got you under a vest!

5. What do you do with a sick boat?

Take it to the doc already.

6. What do baby kangaroos wear when it’s cold out?

Jumpsuits.

7. What’s the most famous creature in the ocean?

The starfish.

8. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party ?

He had no body to go with him.

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Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay
Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay

Dumb statements which actually make for very funny jokes

9. What does a grape say after it’s stepped on?

Nothing. It just lets out a little wine.

10. What happens when a frog’s car breaks down?

It gets toad away.

11. Did you hear about the guy who broke both his left arm and left leg?

He’s all right now.

12. What’s the tallest building in the world?

The library, cause it has the most stories.

13. Why did the scarecrow keep getting promoted?

Because he was outstanding in his field.

14. How do trees get online?

They log in.

15. Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?

There’s no point.

16. What do you call someone wearing a belt with a watch attached to it?

A waist of time

Laughter can get you out of your life's stress. Pixabay
Laughter can get you out of your life’s stress. Pixabay

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Some other funny jokes to make you laugh 

17.  If you’re ever feeling chilly, it actually helps if you go stand in the corner for a while. They’re usually around 90 degrees.

18. Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up on it’s own? Because it was two tired.

19. “Dad, can you write in the dark?”

“I think so. What is it you want me to write?”

“Your name on this report card.”

20. Teacher: “Why was the computer  tired when it got home?”

Student: “Because it had a hard drive!”

21.Teacher: “Write a short essay on football match.”

All students were busy but one student was free..

Teacher: “Why are you not writing anything?”

Student: “Ma’am, the match cancelled due to rain..”

22. What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?

A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer.

23. Guy: You know, it’s at moments like these where I wish I had been listening to what my mother has always been trying to tell me.

Girl: What did she say?

Guy: I don’t know, I wasn’t listening.

24. “Doctor, please hurry. My son swallowed a razor-blade.”

“Don’t panic, I’m coming immediately. Have you done anything yet?”

“Yea, I shaved with the electric razor.”

25. Doctor: “The pain in your leg is simply due to old age.”

Patient: “I don’t think so! My other leg is just the same age and it feels fine.”