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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