Type of Activity – Online/In-Classroom Activity
- Students will be able to compare and contrast between different instant messenger platforms’ policies.
- Students will bring about awareness of this change amongst their family and friends by taking a survey.
Steps for the Activity
- Prior to class, ask the students to read and watch the following:
- Briefly discuss the following questions:
- What is meta-data?
- What are the end-to-end encryption policies of WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram?
- Which apps amongst the three stated above have an option for cloud backup?
- Which of the three apps have a web version?
- What can WhatsApp do with the collected data?
- Ask the students to do the below activity.
- Ask the students to interview 5 people using the given survey and bring about awareness of the change in WhatsApp’s privacy settings.
- Upon deleting your account, will WhatsApp delete all information they hold on you?
- Can WhatsApp use the metadata gathered from your messages and voice calls to train Facebook’s new AI-based product?
- You create a WhatsApp group to organise a protest against a new government policy. Apprehending trouble, the police write to WhatsApp requesting them to provide information on all group members. Can WhatsApp provide this information to the police?
- When you use WhatsApp from your home to send a “pin on a map” (to help your friend find your house), is that address collected by WhatsApp?