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Group seeks to block WhatsApp deal until its affect on privacy can be determined

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Group seeks to block WhatsApp deal until its affect on privacy can be determined
A group made up of privacy advocates is asking U.S. regulators to hold off on approving Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging app WhatsApp. The group is concerned about what Facebook intends to do with the personal information belonging to the 450 million WhatsApp subscribers. The messaging app had an understanding with its users that it would not collect such data for advertising.

The group that filed the request with the Federal Trade Commission includes members of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy. In the filing, the group expresses its concern that once Facebook acquires WhatsApp, the personal data collected will be used for advertising purposes.

Facebook and WhatsApp agreed to the transaction last month and the deal is awaiting regulatory approval from agencies like the monopoly-busting FTC.

source: Reuters

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 13:15 1

1. Finalflash (Posts: 1912; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Right.....because what you said on whatsapp is likely not what you somehow posted on facebook as well??? I believe 99.33, repeating of course, percentage of individuals have nothing on whatsapp that isn't also on their facebook account.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 15:56 2

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Myself, I don't use fb.
Dropped WhatsApp like a hot potato.
Just saying.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 18:15

6. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


lol .... i cant help it..... hay guys, whats app ??? seriously whats app?? ive never used it

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 23:26

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Go to google play store and type it in... it's a messenger that you can send pictures, videos, voice messages, text messages,... international instantly for free the first year, and then for $.99 a year for the following years. Unless you have a iphone then you have to pay for the 1st year too.... But it's a great app, until now at least. O.o

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 06:07

10. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


oooooo, how many ppl use messaging apps like this still? thought im-ing was kinda dead for us adults........ which we NOW are, since u know what im-ing is.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 03:17

9. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


So you post to fb exactly what you send your gf through WhatsApp? Riiight

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:47

11. JDeus01 (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 May 2013)


ikr? thats so stupid

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:13

2. Aplusk (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


all sh*ts coming after google acquired it.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:35

3. LiyanaBG (Posts: 377; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


break the deal google should buy whatsapp

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:36 3

4. aldridhl (Posts: 57; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


let it stay independent!!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 01:03

8. alumoyo (Posts: 239; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


What "personal information?" You don't even have to give whatsapp your name! Just a working pohenumber - which doesn't actually HAVE TO be yours.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 09:47

12. deewinc (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How? yet you need the same phone number to verify your What's App?

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 09:52

13. deewinc (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Have you ever gone to a website and searched for an item such as "Dell XPS laptop" then the next thing when you pop in on Facebook or Gmail, you are fed with Dell XPS laptop ads?

Well that is the same language they are going to use. You send your friend a message like; "Hey have you heard about the Samsung Galaxy S5" and the next time you open What's App to read/send a message a Samsung Galaxy S5 ad pops up =(

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