Privacy Groups Say Facebook Must Make WhatsApp Data Sharing Opt-In, Ask FTC To Intervene
by Lucian Armasu August 30, 2016 at 2:10 PM - Source: EPIC
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), two of the biggest digital privacy organizations in the U.S., filed a complaint with the FTC against WhatsApp’s new policy to share user data with Facebook.
If you were careful, you could opt-out of allowing Facebook to use the data for ads, but Facebook would still get it either way. To opt-out, you have to click at the bottom and go to a separate screen, where you can uncheck the box before hitting the “Agree” button.
WhatsApp’s Failed Privacy Promises
Before it was acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp promised its users that it would “never” sell their information.
“So first of all, let’s set the record straight. We have not, we do not and we will not ever sell your personal information to anyone. Period. End of story. Hopefully this clears things up,” said Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s founder in a 2009 blog post.
In 2012, Koul followed with:
“At WhatsApp, our engineers spend all their time fixing bugs, adding new features and ironing out all the little intricacies in our task of bringing rich, affordable, reliable messaging to every phone in the world. That’s our product and that’s our passion. Your data isn’t even in the picture. We are simply not interested in any of it,” said Koum.
When WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, Jan Koum said that "nothing" will change for users. The message was reiterated by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, a few days later:
“We are absolutely not going to change plans around WhatsApp and the way it uses user data. WhatsApp is going to operate completely autonomously,” said Zuckerberg in 2014.
Its nice they are supposed to do things but nothing is secure on the net
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