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Bad privacy policies by mobile messaging systems?

I have studied the privacy policies implemented by KIK, Kakaotalk, Whatsapp and Beejive.

It seems that Kakaotalk and WhatsApp reserves the right to store your private messages you submit through their application. KIK stores your pictures.

Kakotalk (http://www.kakao.com/talk/en/privacy.html): “Generally, we use Personal Information and Message Data for internal purposes only, such as to provide you with the Service, to notify you of new products or Services, and to otherwise communicate with you. We will not disclose Personal Information or Message Data to third parties without your consent, except as explained in this Privacy Policy. [...] If KAKAO is merged, acquired, or sold, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets, we may disclose or transfer Personal Information, Usage Data and Message Data in connection with such transaction. You will have the opportunity to opt out of any such transfer if, in our discretion, the new entity plans to handle your information in a way that differs materially from this Privacy Policy.”

In other terms, they store your data and they will transfer it without notice as long as their subjective opinion thinks that their legal documents looks similar to their new business; datamining personal information to provide you “notifications of new services.”

Whatsapp on the other hand is clear that they store (or host) your private messages and will without notice publish it if they want to (http://www.whatsapp.com/legal/): “The WhatsApp Service permits the submission of status text and other communications submitted by you and other users ("User Status Submissions") and the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Status Submissions. [...] However, by submitting the User Status Submissions to WhatsApp, you hereby grant WhatsApp a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Status Submissions in connection with the WhatsApp Service and WhatsApp's (and its successor's) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the WhatsApp Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.”

Beejive does the opposite (http://www.beejive.com/about/privacyPolicy.htm): “We do not collect or store any of your instant message ("IM") account information, such as your user name and password, messages, or contact lists, except that we temporarily store your instant messages solely in order to complete the instant message communication (for example, in response to a dropped call); however after the communication is complete the instant message is deleted from the Beejive system.”

KIK stores your messages until they’re delivered (http://kik.com/privacy.php): “Messages. Kik Messenger may be used to send messages between users. If you send a message to one or more other user(s), we will retain the message sender and recipient data (but not the message) and associate it with your Kik user name. We will delete the message promptly after the message has been delivered to the intended recipient(s). If the message is not delivered, we may retain it on our system.”

But the photos seems stored by them, because they don’t use the word “delete”: “Pictures. Kik Messenger may be used to send pictures between users. If you send a picture to one or more other user(s), we will retain that picture on your behalf, associate it with your Kik user name, and disclose that picture to the intended recipient(s).”

We shouldn’t be surprised that free mobile messaging services are probably too good to be true.

Did Scarlett Johansson use such service?

Disclaimer: This is my subjective analysis of how the privacy policys could be read and the writer should be held harmless to the extent of freedom of speech. Every representative from mentioned company is able to do any clarification what so ever in the comment function below.
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+Randy B I have never tried Beejive but they seems to not store anything. Unfortunately, the app is not free.
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