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WhatsApp CEO claims that user data is not being compromised

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According to the CEO of WhatsApp, recent concerns over the app’s potential security loopholes are exaggerated. Jan Koum claims that the company has never wanted to access user data and never would in the future either. The IM service has faced some ire recently after potential security issues were discovered.

Speaking about some concerns raised after the Facebook acquisition, Koum said – “If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously. Our fundamental values and beliefs will not change. Our principles will not change. Everything that has made WhatsApp the leader in personal messaging will still be in place. Speculation to the contrary isn’t just baseless and unfounded, it’s irresponsible. It has the effect of scaring people into thinking we’re suddenly collecting all kinds of new data. That’s just not true, and it’s important to us that you know that.”

It is good to know that the team will continue working independently rather than relying on Facebook. This will allow developers deeper control over the app and assess the changes that it needs to bring accordingly. Facebook on the other hand has some serious damage control to do after reports of user data being given away surfaced last year. So this could be the right time for the social media giant to make amends for what it did in the past.

Source: WhatsApp Blog

Via: Android Community

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  1. There are a few phones which are specifically designed to maintain privacy. The BlackPhone is an example. But I’m not sure to what extent they actually maintain that.

  2. In this era of smartphones, privacy is just a term. Hard to maintain privacy with a device which accesses your mails, phonebook and other details.

  3. The moment that we use a smartphone, we can kiss our privacy and personal goodbye. What app does not need access to your phonebook or other personal files out there?

  4. I think it’s safe to say now that everyone’s privacy is compromised. With the revelation of NSA’s data snooping activities, we can now declare that privacy is almost becoming a thing of the past.

  5. They can claim all the want, but do they actually have proof? Right now we are living in a world where almost anything can be compromised at any time. There are far too many curious people out there, some good, some bad and most just seen things like this as a challenge.

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