6:11 pm - 01/29/2013

WhatsApp Violates International Phone Number Privacy Laws. HIDE YO' WIFE & KIDS!

WhatsApp, the Instant Message client beloved of people too cheap to text, appears to contravene international privacy laws because of the way it forces users to grant it access to their entire address book.

Reuters reports that both the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Dutch Data Protection Authority have released reports explaining that the app violates privacy laws. They explain that the way the app takes control of the address book, commandeering all the phone numbers within—including both users and non-users of the app—is unlawful. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, explains:

"This lack of choice contravenes (Canadian and Dutch) privacy law. Both users and non-users should have control over their personal data and users must be able to freely decide what contact details they wish to share with WhatsApp."

The agencies claims they will continue to monitor WhatsApp, and may even begin to impose penalties upon it if it continues to use the same model. So far there's no word from WhatsApp about the allegations.


I thought I should post cuz I know a lot of people who use this app. :/
skonka 29th-Jan-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
LMAO... you need help.
shy_mse 29th-Jan-2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
lol, i have an S3. I don't know what the problem is :(
koutaishi 29th-Jan-2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
i have an S3

there's your first problem
shy_mse 29th-Jan-2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
i'm not in love with it, not gonna lie.
illustratedd 29th-Jan-2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
idk but it's probably the wifi connection or the 3G/LTE reception either one of you (or both) have
shy_mse 29th-Jan-2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
hmmm...this makes sense. i'm with rogers (canada) and they've screwed me before. i'll have to check with them. thxs
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