Whatsapp Could Face Prosecution on Poor Privacy

[IDG] A yearlong investigation by government privacy watchdogs in Canada and the Netherlands identified major weaknesses in the way the WhatsApp cellphone messaging application handled the personal information of its users.Many of the problems have since been fixed, but Dutch authorities have yet to decide whether they will attempt to prosecute WhatsApp under Dutch privacy law, the two organizations said in a joint statement on Monday.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/012813-whatsapp-could-face-prosecution-on-266205.html
http://www.cio.com/article/727725/Whatsapp_Could_Face_Prosecution_on_Poor_PrivacyAlso see:WhatsApp privacy practices under scrutiny
One of the world’s most popular cross-platform applications “violates” international privacy laws, according to the Canadian and Dutch data protection authorities, because it requires users to provide their entire contact list to the service.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Dutch Data Protection Authority today announced their findings for what they called a “collaborative investigation into the handling of personal information” by the California-based company.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57566245-83/whatsapp-privacy-practices-under-scrutiny/WhatsApp violates privacy laws over phone numbers – report
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.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/whatsapp-privacy-idINDEE90R0EK20130128

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