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WhatsApp promised users that they would not gather a lot of data on their users. And they also promised that they would not use this data for ads. But with Facebook acquiring the app, theses promises are about to be broken. WhatsApp privacy is going to become a thing of the past if the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does not block the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp.
What Becomes of WhatsApp Privacy Promises
WhatsApp privacy advocates have both commented that WhatsApp privacy will be lost in the hands of Facebook. These Washington D.C. WhatsApp privacy advocates have formally petitioned the FTC to probe Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. They stressed that in the interest of user WhatsApp privacy, the deal be shut down if it violates the current policies.
EU to Investigate WhatsApp Deal
When the 19 billion dollar acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook hit the presses, the EU began planning to investigate how WhatsApp data would be used. Jacob Kohnstamm is at the forefront of this move. Kohnstamm is the head of the top EU privacy regulation authority Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. As many as 28 other EU data protection agencies could begin investigating the matter as well. A Dutch regulator is already looking into WhatsApp, which has a current client base of over 450 million users. Kohnstamm is concerned because he is aware that WhatsApp is a virtual gold mine of user data. And WhatsApp users are not as careful as Facebook users have learned to be. WhatsApp privacy has protected them from having to hold their tongues and tread lightly.
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