Probe into WhatsApp and Facebook?

30 August 2016
Probe into WhatsApp and Facebook?

We told you that WhatsApp would be sharing your data with Facebook, and how to stop that from happening. Well, it seems that this move has not been well received, unsurprisingly.

Regulators are going to look into WhatsApp's plans to share users' information with Facebook, after the messaging app said that they'd updated their privacy policy, which would allow them to share your details with the social network.

Of course, Facebook own WhatsApp, so this wasn't the kind of news that shocked everyone to their core, but many have found the move disappointing.

WhatsApp have said that, by agreeing to the new privacy policy, people would be agreeing to let their account information get shared with the "Facebook family of companies".

That includes Instagram, as well as Oculus, the VR company.

Your phone numbers will be synced up with Facebook, which means you'll get targeted advertisements and friend suggestions.

The idea is that companies will also be able to send you a WhatsApp message - so if you're order something from a shop, they'll be able to tell you when it is about to be delivered.

Or, should there be fraudulent activity on your bank account, your provider would be able to message you to tell you about it, through the app. Or you could get receipts and the like, after you have bought something.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, has said that they're keeping an eye on things: "Our 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."

"We've been informed of the changes."

"Organisations do not need to get prior approval from the ICO to change their approaches, but they do need to stay within data protection laws. We are looking into this."

TOPICS:   Privacy

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