WhatsApp cofounder assures users their privacy wont be affected by Facebook deal

first_imgCONSIDERING FACEBOOK’S REPUTATION with privacy, speculation about whether WhatsApp privacy policy would change after being purchased for $16 billion emerged.WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum wrote on the company’s blog to “set the record straight” addressing what he described as the “inaccurate and careless information circulating about” what the deal meant for users’ privacy.Koum said that WhatsApp is built “around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible.” He mentions that it doesn’t collect any personal information from you when you sign up like your name, email, birthday or location and the company has “no plans to change that.”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…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. WhatsApp originally came out and said none of its policies would change after the purchase was made and it had no plans to share data with Facebook. However, that hadn’t stopped people from speculating about the plans Facebook had for the app and how it would affect users in the long-term.Also, the app has its own share of privacy issues after one security consultant found a way which would allow a third-party developer access a device’s messages on the Android version.The app also added a new privacy features in its latest update on iOS allowing users to hide when they were last on the app and hide your profile from public view.Read: WhatsApp, data compression and Snapchat: What we learned from Zuckerberg’s keynote >Read: WhatsApp’s first move after its deal with Facebook? Adding voice calls >last_img read more

Fianna Fáil want period for financial services complaints extended

first_imgThis reform is complemented by the government’s acceptance of the Fianna Fáil proposal to allow the FSO to publish the complaints record of individual finance service providers. FIANNA FÁIL HAVE published a bill that they hope will give people more time to complain about mis-sold items.The Mis-sold Financial Products bill aims to extend the current six-year limit on complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman (FSO).Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson, Michael McGrath, said that the current limitation was “overly restrictive” and was preventing otherwise valid complaints from being made to the FSO.“For example, when it comes to certain investment products, endowment mortgages and payment protection policies, it can take a decade or more before the consumer becomes aware they were sold a pup,” he said.He went on to say: The government is providing for the publication of the complaints records in the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Bill 2011 currently at committee stage.Read: Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year >last_img read more