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

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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13 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

9. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

11. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

ikr? thats so stupid

2. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

all sh*ts coming after google acquired it.

3. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

break the deal google should buy whatsapp

4. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

let it stay independent!!

8. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

12. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

13. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 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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