Facebook could get access to all your juicy WhatsApp information from this summer

YOUR WhatsApp is about to get a lot less private.Facebook, which bought WhatsApp in 2014, is in negotiations with the European regulator to get its hands on the chat app’s juicy data.

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London terror attack: UK wants encrypted WhatsApp messages

The U.K. government wants WhatsApp to give security services access to encrypted messages in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack. Officials, however, could face stiff challenges if they choose to apply U.K. surveillance legislation to the U.S.-based firm, according to a digital privacy advocate.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/27/london-terror-attack-uk-wants-encrypted-whatsapp-messages.html

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WhatsApp Field-Trials Business Chat

WhatsApp reportedly has been conducting tests of a business chat system with a number of companies that are part of the Y Combinator startup incubator. The application programming interface, or API, gives companies a direct line of communication with WhatsApp users. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum last year said the company would seek to monetize the free chat service by providing businesses with direct access to consumers. He ruled out ads. The approach WhatsApp is taking could have stumbling blocks built in.

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WhatsApp vulnerability: Encryption backdoor or convenience feature?

The government, it turns out, could intercept WhatsApp texts if it wanted to, a new report revealed a few days ago.

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Twitter tries to address hate speech issue with new user tools

Plus: WhatsApp rolls out encrypted video calling feature, is it going to stay encrypted? And Apple publishes a big glossy book about Apple’s design history.

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WhatsApp Shaves Off a Little More Privacy

WhatsApp on Thursday announced an update to its terms and privacy policy — the first in four years. Among other things, the changes will affect the ways users can communicate with businesses while continuing to avoid third-party banner ads or spam messages, according to the company. However, WhatsApp will begin to share some personal details about its 1 billion users — such as phone numbers and other data — with Facebook, its parent company. The information sharing will permit better tracking of basic metrics.

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WhatsApp 'disappointed' by order in Brazil to block app second time

It’s not the first time and it’s likely not going to be the last, but Facebook’s WhatsApp has been banned in Brazil again for failing to turn over data in a criminal investigation.

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WhatsApp extends encryption to photos, video, other messages

WhatsApp says it’s now using a powerful form of encryption to protect the security of photos, videos, group chats and voice calls in addition to the text messages sent by its more than a billion users around the globe.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/04/06/whatsapp-extends-encryption-into-photos-video-other-messages.html

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WhatsApp activates end-to-end encryption for one billion users

If you’re a WhatsApp user, you’ll be happy to know that everything you do in the app is now protected by end-to-end encryption.

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp boosts security with complete end-to-end encryption

Article Image Facebook on Tuesday announced that WhatsApp, its popular mobile messaging service, is now using end-to-end encryption for all communications, not just one-on-one text exchanges and VoIP calls.

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App face-off: Apple iMessage vs. WhatsApp Messenger

Article Image When WhatsApp Messenger went free earlier this year it gave iOS device owners a viable solution to connect with friends and family who don’t use Apple products, but the app comes with a few caveats.

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WhatsApp Scraps Fee Model

WhatsApp on Monday announced that it would drop the annual subscription fee and allow people to use the service for free. Company founder Jan Koum announced the move at the DLD Conference in Munich. While more than 900 million people worldwide use WhatsApp to stay in touch with family and friends, the $1-a-year subscription fee could be a barrier to further growth, he said. The service was free for the first year, then $1 per year after that. That business model wasn’t working because many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card.

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Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees to keep growing userbase

Article Image WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

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WhatsApp Brouhaha Breaks Out in Brazil

A Brazilian judge on Thursday lifted the ban a different judge had imposed on WhatsApp hours earlier, according to reports. It did not seem reasonable to affect millions of users to penalize Facebook, WhatsApp’s owner, for failing to cooperate with judicial rulings, the judge reportedly said, suggesting that the imposition of a larger fine would have been more appropriate. The ruling reversed the decision of a judge in Sao Paulo, Brazil, who on Wednesday had ordered the 48-hour suspension of WhatsApp services starting at midnight.

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Brazilian judge briefly shuts down WhatsApp, crippling communications

Article Image Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service was briefly shutdown in Brazil on Friday (local time), the result of an order by a state judge in Sao Paulo calling for a longer 48-hour suspension.

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