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Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire
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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/8/2014 | 9:25:22 AM
Will you still use it?
If you're a WhatsApp user, does Facebook's acquisition of the company make you think twice about using the service? Let's hear your thoughts.
PaulS681
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3/8/2014 | 11:51:07 AM
Re: Will you still use it?
I'm not a WhatsApp user but I don't believe Facebook bought it to just change nothing and to gain nothing. After all, they paid $19billion for it. They may not do it right away but I would tell WhatsApp users to beware.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/9/2014 | 4:34:49 AM
Re: Will you still use it?
PaulS, 

"I don't believe Facebook bought it to just change nothing and to gain nothing. After all, they paid $19billion for it."

Exactly. Facebook is not precisely a model on respecting users' privacy. Facebook will use all the data it collects as it pleases to get a good ROI out of the $19 billion. 

-Susan 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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3/9/2014 | 11:33:43 AM
Re: Will you still use it?
My guess is that the acquisition of WhatsApp was purely defensive -- and, as such, very little will change with the app (think Instagram, or Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr).
Somedude8
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3/8/2014 | 11:01:59 AM
Huh?
How is this a legal issue? Change the ToS, make users click an 'agree' button, and do whatever they want with the data, within legal boundaries of course.

Maybe folks have confused 'legal' and 'against ToS', like people on the World of Warcraft forums do. I am not knocking gamers, or that game, I played it for years. But there is a growing segment of the population who genuinely does not see a difference. They also think that if the owner of the forum removes someone's post, its a violation of free speech. Some very strange notions growing out there!
Joe Stanganelli
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3/9/2014 | 11:38:30 AM
Re: Huh?
Terms of Service are still a contract.

You are correct, though, that generally the main thing a company has to do when it changes the terms or the privacy policy is make users click "I agree" to the new terms or lock them out of the service.  Of course, if a user doesn't agree and chooses to simply stop using the service, then he can't be subject to the new terms.
anon1750958553
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anon1750958553,
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3/8/2014 | 10:00:33 PM
already deleated
I already delete whatsapp and switch t telegram.org and Google hangouts
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/9/2014 | 4:28:54 AM
Re: already deleated
anon, 

I believe more users will delete WhatsApp, just as you did. 

I am not a user of the app, and don't plan to become one. 

-Susan 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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3/9/2014 | 11:34:54 AM
Re: already deleated
With all due respect... You don't trust Facebook with your user data...but you trust Google??????
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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3/9/2014 | 11:31:39 AM
This complaint has a first name; it's O-S-C-A-R...
I've worked in consumer law.  If this article represents the facts correctly, then this complaint strikes me as baloney -- a marketing gimmick for EPIC more than anything else.  Companies with privacy policies get acquired by competitors all the time, and there are ways of managing the protection of consumer information.

Of course, if Facebook DID use WhatsApp user data for marketing purposes without providing a clear opt-out, THEN a lawsuit would be timely.  But until such a thing happens, the whole thing strikes me as frivolous.

Unless I'm missing something?  Maybe I'll check out the complaint myself to see.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/10/2014 | 11:48:50 AM
Re: This complaint has a first name; it's O-S-C-A-R...
Facebook did the same thing when it acquired Instagram, and that service is still going strong. I get the impression that this complaint may be more for consumer awareness than to elicit actual action. As you mentioned, I'm not sure there's much the FCC could do, if the Instagram example sets the precedent. We'll see how it plays out.
SachinEE
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3/11/2014 | 1:50:51 PM
Re : Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire
I thought of it something like we used to read when it mentions privacy advocates. It is kind of redundant that privacy advocates say about privacy violations and that too goes without any action taken. This time it is different and it has more noticeable content in it. It does make sense too so I just hope that it doesn't go unheard.
Madhava verma dantuluri
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Madhava verma dantuluri,
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3/11/2014 | 11:23:05 PM
Well
Well, i dont understand what really can stop the acquisition now.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/12/2014 | 2:40:29 PM
Re: Well
The deal is set to be finalized later this year. It will be interesting to see if anything does stall or prevent it.
SachinEE
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3/13/2014 | 6:22:42 AM
Re : Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire
@ Kristin Burnham, it is a very simple question for me at least. If I am using one service and satisfied with the terms of usage as well, then suddenly someone else purchases that service and brings in totally different terms and conditions of use, I would certainly think more than once whether or not to use that service anymore. With Facebook, one would have to be vigilant against subtle terms as well.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/18/2014 | 2:47:17 PM
Re: Re : Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire
WhatsApp's founder, Jan Koum, responded to claims today that Facebook will change the service's privacy policies, calling the rumors inaccurate and careless.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/18/2014 | 3:34:20 PM
Re: Re : Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire
You can read more about it here.


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