Vendors add surveillance support for WhatsApp alternatives

Concerns about data leakage have driven some users to rival privacy-focused messaging apps like Telegram and Signal, as WhatsApp policy changes come into force on May 15.

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A controversial update to WhatsApp’s privacy policy is driving interest from trading institutions in rival messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram, and surveillance providers say they are adding integrations to their offerings in response.

“People are concerned about WhatsApp because of the Facebook data-sharing requirement,” says Lee Garf, general manager for financial markets compliance at Nice Actimize.

In January, WhatsApp effectively told its more than two billion customers that

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