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Privacy Groups File Complaint against Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp

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The Electric Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) have lodged a complaint at the US Federal Trade Commission against Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app of the world.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company bought WhatsApp last month for a mammoth $19 billion but the popular social networking website was not supposed to collect user information to enhance its ad revenue.

However, several proponents of digital privacy have raised their concerns since then, with EPIC and CDD, on behalf of millions of WhatsApp users, requesting the Trade Commission to investigate the matter while suspending the acquisition for the time being.

The complainants believe that Facebook has already shown signs of amalgamating WhatsApp user data into its business model and that is not what the messaging app’s users signed up for as they expect a better level of privacy of their personal information.

WhatsApp claims that it does not gather any data from its users apart from their telephone numbers and even the message content is not stored, allowing users to have complete privacy.

Facebook, on the other hand, has made it clear since the acquisition that it will allow WhatsApp to run independently without changing any privacy policy.

 

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