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daphne 01-28-2013 01:00 PM

WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
Quote:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - WhatsApp, one of the most popular apps in the world, contravenes international privacy laws because it forces users to provide access to their entire address book, Canadian and Dutch data protection authorities said.

WhatsApp, which ranks as one of the world's top five best-selling apps, is an instant-messaging application for smartphones including Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's Blackberry.
More details in article.
WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers: report | Reuters

ZombieBerry 01-28-2013 02:25 PM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
+10000 Daphne!!!!

I have been saying this since the effing app came out. All apps that want unrestricted access to my contacts are a big no no in my book!!

fourstringfuror 01-28-2013 02:36 PM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
WhatsApp is bad news. Stay far away from it.

daphne 01-28-2013 07:33 PM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
I've read articles too saying the chat transmissions are not encrypted in any way. No security at all.

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ZombieBerry 01-29-2013 01:43 PM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
I had thought in response to the first round of issues, Whatsapp decided to encrypt something. Not sure if it was contact information or messages themselves.

Some people can't seem to grasp that months after you stop using whatsapp, your phone number may still be accessible from their servers.

fourstringfuror 02-01-2013 10:20 AM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
This is one reason I was disappointed to see BlackBerry promoting WhatsApp as one of the top apps that the new devices would get.

NJBlackBerry 02-01-2013 11:59 AM

Re: WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers - Reuters
 
Yes indeed - in agreement on that. I don't use it and haven't loaded it on the Zed/Zee 10.


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