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Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Under Fire

Privacy advocates file FTC complaint to block Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, calling it unfair and deceptive.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
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.
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané,
User Rank: Ninja
3/9/2014 | 4:34:49 AM
Re: Will you still use it?

"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 Fourtané
Susan Fourtané,
User Rank: Ninja
3/9/2014 | 4:28:54 AM
Re: already deleated

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. 

User Rank: Apprentice
3/8/2014 | 10:00:33 PM
already deleated
I already delete whatsapp and switch t and Google hangouts
User Rank: Ninja
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.
User Rank: Ninja
3/8/2014 | 11:01:59 AM
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!
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
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.
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