Dutch and Candian Govt to ban WhatsApp
New Delhi, India, January 29, 2013: WhatsApp has been trapped in the international privacy laws. Once a user install WhatsApp on his smartphone, the user will have to provide his/her mobile number to activate the service. It’s fine but after WhatsApp gets user mobile number, it shows all the people of their contact list who uses WhatsApp at the WhatsApp list. Now, problem is here.
Officials say that WhatsApp takes no permission from the user to access his/her address book. “The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority, in a joint report said the app violated privacy laws because users have to provide access to all phone numbers in their address book, including both users and non-users of the app”, according to reuters.
Jacob Kohnstamm, Chairman, Dutch Data Protection Authority, said, “This lack of choice contravenes (Canadian and Dutch) privacy law. Both users and non-users should have control over their personal data and users must be able to freely decide what contact details they wish to share with WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp hasn’t said anything in its defence till now. If WhatsApp cannot answer properly to the privacy concern, then it could face a ban. However, WhatsApp is just one of the several messaging platforms, but, what about the others messaging platforms?