What you need to know
- Skype has tweeted that it does not sell data to third parties or compromise user privacy.
- People are wondering if Skype could be the potential alternative to WhatsApp this year and beyond?
- Does Microsoft really sells or manipulates user privacy?
WhatsApp has declared its words and there is no obvious chance that the company will change its policy. So, the users have only two ways; accept then keep using or leave and choose an alternative app to WhatsApp.
So, this is a golden time for competitors to replace WhatsApp. Skype is one of them who could replace WhatsApp and the company has tweeted at the crucial time with a hint of an alternative app:
Microsoft uses the data we collect to provide you with rich, interactive experiences. In particular, we use data to:
Provide our products, which includes updating, securing, and troubleshooting, as well as providing support. It also includes sharing data, when it is required to provide the service or carry out the transactions you request.
Improve and develop our products.
Personalize our products and make recommendations.
Advertise and market to you, which includes sending promotional communications, targeting advertising, and presenting you with relevant offers.
We also use the data to operate our business, which includes analyzing our performance, meeting our legal obligations, developing our workforce, and doing research.
In carrying out these purposes, we combine data we collect from different contexts (for example, from your use of two Microsoft products) or obtain from third parties to give you a more seamless, consistent, and personalized experience, to make informed business decisions, and for other legitimate purposes.https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-gb/privacystatement
People have started bashing Skype for misleading people and already compromising privacy. But if we read carefully, Microsoft says that it uses or obtains data from third parties for improvement of Microsoft products, not selling or sharing with third parties.
So, it seems safe, but Skype or Microsoft have to make a clear statement to satisfy users.