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WhatsApp Privacy Spurs Serious Concerns

Olivia Long - October 28, 2016 - 06:21 AM
WhatsApp Privacy Spurs Serious Concerns
WhatsApp has received a stern warning about its sharing of user information with Facebook.

(CCM) — On Friday, European Union regulators shot a letter to WhatsApp warning the company of its possible violation of the bloc's data-protection rules, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal. The concern was spurred by WhatsApp's revision of its privacy policy back in August, which permits the instant messaging app to share user information with its parent company, Facebook, for advertising purposes. Despite the fact that WhatsApp gives its users the option to decline having their data used by Facebook in the interest of marketing, WhatsApp is still allowed to communicate user data with the social media giant for other purposes.

The letter sent to WhatsApp, which was also sent to Yahoo for similar reasons, expressed "serious concerns" about the messaging service's new terms and urged the company to halt the data sharing until "legal protections" could be put in place. Regulators also demanded more information from the company about its sharing policy, which could lead to eventual fines if it is found that it violates implemented laws. A spokesperson for WhatsApp has confirmed that the company will cooperate with regulators, who the company claims actually received a heads-up before WhatsApp had even changed its policy.

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