Facebook Backs Down from Forced WhatsApp Privacy Changes

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WhatsApp previously threatened sanctions against users who would not really accept the company’ t new terms of use along with weaker privacy protections, yet backed down late Friday following a coalition of groups through around the world protested . Burcu Kilic, digital legal rights program director for Community Citizen, released the following declaration in response: “ Thank you for halting what you never should have began. Now please also unnecessary what you coerced millions of people directly into accepting. ” In 2014, EPIC and the Center just for Digital Democracy warned the FTC that Fb regularly incorporates user information from companies it receives and that WhatsApp users objected towards the acquisition . The FTC approved the merger yet informed EPIC plus CDD that “if the particular acquisition is completed and WhatsApp fails to honor these claims, both companies could be within violation of Section five of the FTC Act plus potentially the FTC’s purchase against Facebook. ”

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