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“Times of India ” declare : Facebook: WhatsApp case: Supreme Court will examine privacy violation

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“Isn’t WhatsApp free?
He said WhatsApp had become a utility service for exchange of messages, calls and documents for a huge population.
But when you take a stand that ‘allow me to use the free service yet protect my privacy’, it becomes a completely different issue.
The privacy policy was continued even after Facebook took over WhatsApp in 2014.
“WhatsApp had promised to protect the privacy of user data when it started in India in 2010.

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WhatsApp users can opt in to find out when someone they’re communicating with changes their encryption key.
Can Facebook intercept your WhatsApp messages?
Then, on Friday, the Guardian dropped a bombshell: WhatsApp, and potentially other parties like government agencies, may have access to WhatsApp messages thanks to a security backdoor in the app.
The problem now, he says, is that WhatsApp automatically resends the message when the encryption key changes.
Ever since WhatsApp announced in August it would share some user information with its parent company Facebook, privacy activists have left one eyebrow permanently arched in skepticism toward the secure messaging app.
WhatsApp again dogged by privacy questions, but there's a fix

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Indian privacy case against WhatsApp gains momentum

A privacy lawsuit against WhatsApp in India over its new data sharing policy has got momentum with the country’s top court seeking responses from Facebook, WhatsApp and the federal government.
The users also want the option to continue under the earlier privacy policy.
The appeal filed in the Supreme Court has asked WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with Facebook until the petition has been heard and disposed off.
Privacy grou.s in the U.S. have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that the changes in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy break its previous promise that user data collected would not be used or disclosed for marketing purposes.
The privacy policy of WhatsApp at launch in 2010 did not allow sharing of user data with any other party, and after Facebook announced its acquisition of the messaging app in 2014, it was “publicly announced and acknowledged” by WhatsApp that the privacy policy would not change, according to the petition filed by Indian users of WhatsApp.
Indian privacy case against WhatsApp gains momentum

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