WHATSAPP has quietly announced that its app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones. The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years. WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled "support for older operating systems". In it, the company says it will nix support for the following systems on February 1, 2020: iOS 7 and older Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older. Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhastApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline. What's more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time to buy a new phone. Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android's market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices. Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry … [Read more...] about WhatsApp will stop working on THESE phones soon – is yours on the list?
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GOOGLE and Facebook are the targets of new lawsuits worth £6.1billion accusing the tech giants of "blackmailing" users into accepting their data hoovering policies. The complaints, filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, allege the two firms are breaking the EU GDPR laws that came into effect today. Under the new privacy rules, companies need your consent to handle your data, or even contact you via email. If they don't comply, they can be fined up to €20million or 4% of their annual turnover – whichever is greater. Schrems and his non-profit organisation None of Your Business have filed four complaints in total under the GDPR: one against Facebook, one each against its apps Instagram and WhatsApp, and another against Google's Android. The lawsuits take aim at the "take it or leave it" approach to GDPR compliance used by the Silicon Valley titans. What is GDPR?Here's what you need to know... GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation It protects … [Read more...] about Facebook and Google hit with $6.1BN lawsuits over “consent blackmail” under GDPR