WhatsApp notified all users –with the latest supported versions of the app – about these updates: they were asked to tap ‘Agree’ to accept the updated terms and they have to specifically opt-out to prevent their account information from being shared with Facebook for advertising purposes. WhatsApp assures that the users’ messages will be encrypted and private. DPAs all over the world are watching the changes closely.
On August 26, 2016, the UK Information Commissioner Officer (ICO) issued a statement acknowledging that the changes will affect many people. The ICO role is “to pull back the curtain on things like this, ensuring that companies are being transparent with the public about how their personal data is being shared, and protecting consumers by making sure the law is being followed”.
On August 29, 2016, Privacy groups in the US complained to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and described the changes as an unfair and deceptive trade practice that shall be investigated.
WhatsApp statement issued on August 25, 2016, is available at https://blog.whatsapp.com…
ICO statement issued on August 26, 2016, is available at https://ico.org.uk…
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