WhatsApp Privacy Update: Spain Investigating Broken Privacy Promises

Spain is the latest country to investigate WhatsApp's transfer of user data, including the verified user phone number, to Facebook. The Spanish Data Protection Agency joins privacy regulators in Germany, India, Italy, and the U.K. that have taken action against WhatsApp's changes to privacy practices that contradict previous promises. EPIC filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the policy change in August, and more than a dozen consumer groups have backed these efforts. The Commission said it will "carefully review" EPIC's complaint. The FTC has previously stated, "When companies tell consumers they will safeguard their personal information, the FTC can and does take law enforcement action to make sure that companies live up these promises."

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