Privacy Groups Call For FTC Investigation Of Facebook's WhatsApp Acquisition
The Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center this week filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to investigate whether Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service company WhatsApp will impact the privacy of its 450 million users.
While Facebook has said it plans to continue operating WhatsApp as a separate operation, it hasn't disclosed how it plans to use data collected by WhatsApp -- or even how it intends to use WhatsApp to make money.
WhatsApp had a long-standing commitment that it would not collect user data for advertising purposes, according to a Reuters story. The privacy advocates are worried that Facebook won't maintain that commitment.