Archive: January 23, 2017

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India’s top court asks WhatsApp, Facebook to please explain over privacy policy

India’s top court asks WhatsApp, Facebook to please explain over privacy policy

By Cameron Abbott and Allison Wallace

A petition to challenge messenger service WhatsApp’s privacy policy in India is gaining momentum, with the Supreme Court this week issuing notices to WhatsApp, its owner Facebook, and the telecom regulator TRAI to respond to the court within two weeks.

The petitioners are incensed over WhatsApp’s changes to its privacy policy in September last year, which saw it begin sharing users information with Facebook, including their phone numbers. Those who didn’t agree with the new policy were given the option to “opt out” by deleting the app. This announcement came two years after WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook. Read More

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