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Privacy groups complain to FTC about WhatsApp policy changes

John Ribeiro | Aug. 31, 2016
The changes in WhatsApp terms and privacy policies are also being scrutinized in Europe

The groups have also pointed out that following a complaint in March 2014 on the consumer privacy implications of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp, the FTC sent a letter in this regard to both companies that "WhatsApp's privacy policy clearly states, among other things, that users' information will not be used for advertising purposes or sold to a third party for commercial or marketing use without the users' consent."

The letter further stated that "Facebook has recently promised consumers that it would not change the way WhatsApp uses customer information."

FTC press releases and blog posts also require that WhatsApp and Facebook must obtain an opt-in consent from users prior to the proposed data transfer, according to the complaint. It states that a FTC release about the agreement had stated that the companies would have to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before making changes to how they use the data they have already collected.

Source: CIO

 

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