One week ago, it was the top paid iPhone app in Canada. Now, Canada’s privacy commissioner is slamming it for contravening Canadian and international privacy laws.
WhatsApp, an instant-messaging application that lets users chat across various platforms without having to pay text messaging fees, requires access to users’ entire address books in order to function. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and her Dutch counterpart Jacob Kohnstamm say that since the app doesn’t ask for permission before accessing the address book, it violates privacy laws in both countries.
The investigation also revealed that the app sends unencrypted messages, which could potentially make them susceptible to eavesdropping or interception. The issue has since been resolved as a result of the commission.
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“Our investigation has led to WhatsApp making and committing to make further changes in order to better protect users’ personal information,” saidRead More »from WhatsApp violates Canadian privacy law, commissioner says