FTC Warns Facebook Against Privacy Violations Following The Approval Of WhatsApp Merger

FTC Warns Facebook Against Privacy Violations Following The Approval Of WhatsApp Merger(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The Federal Trade Commission has approved Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of messaging app, WhatsApp, but with one strict guideline, the social media giant must uphold the privacy guidelines of it’s newly acquired company.

According to a report from CNet, both the companies must have permission from users before sharing their data.

WhatsApp’s privacy policy states that it will not collect its users locations, email addresses, names, or mobile address book data, along with not giving its customers phone numbers out to third parties.

“Hundreds of millions of users have entrusted their personal information to WhatsApp,” said the Commission. “The FTC staff will continue to monitor the companies’ practices to ensure that Facebook and WhatsApp honor the promises they have made to those users.”

Facebook and WhatsApp have both said they will continue to keep users privacy safe and will not break these guidelines set by the Commission.

After Facebook announced the merger in February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured users that it would uphold its promise to protect users data by stating, “We are absolutely not going to change plans around WhatsApp and the way it uses user data. WhatsApp is going to operate completely autonomously. They might use people and infrastructure to grow, but the vision is to keep the service exactly the same. They do not keep the content you send, and we’re not going to change that.”

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