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Facebook-WhatsApp Deal Prompts Privacy Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 21, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on next week’s Mobile World Congress, keynoter Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and how privacy will take on a large role at the event this year. And while Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange SA and KPN have begun offering users more control, Facebook’s deal to buy WhatsApp has some concerned about its privacy implications. Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert has said WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure messaging service. But, in a blog post, WhatsApp said “nothing” will change for its users. The Washington Post reports that WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum’s years of living in the Ukraine contribute to the strong focus on user privacy.
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