Signal Private Messenger is another WhatsApp alternative. The co-founder of WhatsApp– Brian Acton– left the company after Facebook acquired WhatsApp. Acton moved ahead to create the Signal Foundation with Moxie Marlinspike. The Signal messaging app is like what WhatsApp used to be earlier and offers better privacy. There is end-to-end encryption by default powered by the open source Signal Protocol. After Facebook acquired WhatsApp, user privacy was one of the reasons why WhatsApp founders had quit.
Signal vs WhatsApp: What data gets collected as per Apple iOS 14.3 Privacy Labels
WhatsApp collects these data from your device: Device ID, User ID, Advertising Data, Purchase History, Coarse Location, Phone Number, Email Address, Contacts, Product Interaction, Crash Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostic Data, Payment Info, Customer Support, Product Interaction, Other User, Content.
WhatsApp is also known to collect user metadata and there’s much clarity about the same. This metadata can be shared with law enforcement or government agencies to track you down. With the new policy changes, all data that WhatsApp collects will be shared with Facebook.
On other hand, Signal collects no data. Signal only needs your mobile number for registration but the app doesn’t link your phone number to your identity.
Signal Private Messenger is available on both Android and iOS. You can use Signal to make voice and video calls too. It is completely free and has almost all features of WhatsApp along with better security and privacy settings.
After installing Signal on your phone, the app will ask for your phone number to create an account like it happens in WhatsApp. You can add your name and profile picture and get started with Signal.