May 15th, 2021, the day that many privacy champions have dreaded, is finally here.
Forbes writer Zack Doffman made this fantastic comparison of the data collection done by Facebook and other companies.
Many of my WhatsApp friends have started moving to Signal and Telegram. They want to save their chats from getting read by Facebook or by government agencies. Unfortunately, the alternatives are not as saintly as one may want them to be. Telegram does not encrypt end-to-end conversations, running them through the Telegram cloud owned by a Russian billionaire operating from undisclosed locations.
On the other hand, Signal is a nonprofit entity:
Therefore Signal will require donations to fund their growth or, at some point, start looking for new sources of revenue to support their growth. Signal may have to add more features to provide value for its services unless users value their privacy enough to donate or subscribe to Signal.