Egypt Independent

Expert warns against communication apps such as Telegram due to privacy risk



Technology expert Walid Abdel Maqsoud has warned users to avoid communication apps such as Telegram due to privacy concerns.

In a phone-in with Azza Mostafa on the Sada al-Balad satellite channel, Maqsoud explained that the purpose of social media apps is to communicate with people from all around the world.

However, he warned these social applications collect data on users as soon as they begin using it, with apps such as Telegram even collecting phone numbers without their knowledge.

Maqsoud said that this data is then sold for advertising purposes.

In order to protect the user’s privacy against any data breach, they need to cancel the location option which allows the app to determine their location.

He also recommended not to use Telegram in the meantime or to cancel the app’s access to the microphone and camera.