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WhatsApp details what will happen to users who don’t agree to privacy changes

WhatsApp said earlier last week that it will allow users to review its planned privacy update at “their own pace” and will display a banner to better explain the changes in its terms. But what happens to its users who do not accept the terms by the May 15 deadline?

If they still don’t accept the terms, “for a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” the company added in the note. The “short time” will span a few weeks.

Source: WhatsApp details what will happen to users who don’t agree to privacy changes | TechCrunch

A Spyware Vendor Seemingly Made a Fake WhatsApp to Hack Targets

Hackers tried to trick iPhone users into installing a fake version of WhatsApp in a potential attempt to gather information about them. Technical analyses by both researchers from digital rights watchdog Citizen Lab and Motherboard suggest that this fake version of WhatsApp is linked to a specific Italian surveillance company.

The news highlights a sometimes overlooked attack on iPhones: tricking users into installing configuration files or so-called Mobile Device Management (MDM) profiles, which can then potentially push malware onto a target device. As the price of exploits for breaking into iPhones has steadily climbed, other government malware vendors have moved to leveraging MDM profiles to hack phones.

Source: A Spyware Vendor Seemingly Made a Fake WhatsApp to Hack Targets

WhatsApp facing up to €50M privacy fine

As part of Ireland’s draft findings, the WhatsApp could be fined between €30 million and €50 million for not living up to transparency requirements under Europe’s privacy regime. Company could also be required to change how it handles its users’ data,

The preliminary penalty — the figure is now under consultation with the bloc’s other data protection agencies — would be one of the largest-ever fines under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, a set of privacy rules that came into force in 2018.

Source: WhatsApp facing up to €50M privacy fine – POLITICO

UK regulator to write to WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing

The UK’s data regulator is writing to WhatsApp to demand that the chat app does not hand user data to Facebook, as millions worldwide continue to sign up for alternatives such as Signal and Telegram to avoid forthcoming changes to its terms of service.

Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, told a parliamentary committee that in 2017, WhatsApp had committed not to hand any user information over to Facebook until it could prove that doing so respected GDPR.

Source: UK regulator to write to WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing | WhatsApp | The Guardian

Is it time to leave WhatsApp – and is Signal the answer?

Earlier this month, WhatsApp issued a new privacy policy along with an ultimatum: accept these new terms, or delete WhatsApp from your smartphone. But the new privacy policy wasn’t particularly clear and prompted a fierce backlash, with many users threatening to stop using the service.

While update of Facebook’s privacy policy was widely misinterpreted, Facebook’s highly criticised data collection ethos has eroded trust in the social network. And the social network isn’t known for keeping promises.

Full article: Is it time to leave WhatsApp – and is Signal the answer? | WhatsApp | The Guardian

WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App

Two apps—Signal and Telegram—are currently the No. 1 and No. 2 free app downloads in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Millions of users flocked to the chat apps in recent weeks, according to data from Apptopia and Sensor Tower. There are a few factors behind the surge.

One is concern over a privacy-policy update for the Facebook Inc.-owned WhatsApp. (After the initial publication of this article, the company delayed the policy update until May 15.) Meanwhile, the deplatforming of President Trump from prominent social networks following the U.S. Capitol riot has driven people to seek communication tools without moderators and external visibility.

Source: WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App – WSJ

Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy

Confusion over an update to Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp’s terms and conditions has triggered an intervention by Italy’s data protection agency.

The Italian DPA said today it has contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to raise concerns about a lack of clear information over what’s changing under the incoming T&Cs.

In recent weeks WhatsApp has been alerting users they must accept new T&Cs in order to keep using the service after February 8.

Source: Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy | TechCrunch

Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update

Turkey’s competition authority has opened an investigation into WhatsApp over a new update that requires users to share more data with its parent company, Facebook.

The popular messaging platform has been widely criticised for asking its users to agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts from February 8.

The Head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc, said that foreign applications pose serious security risks.

Source: Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update | Euronews

WhatsApp private chat groups get EXPOSED again on Google search

Just days after rolling out its new policy obliging users to share their data with Facebook, WhatsApp has suffered an embarrassing privacy breach, with its private chat groups being indexed on Google’s search engine.

The privacy breach was reported on Sunday. Invite links to private WhatsApp messaging groups as well as some user profiles were indexed by Google and appeared in search results, essentially meaning anyone was able to join supposedly secure chats and see both chats and related phone numbers.

Source: WhatsApp private chat groups get EXPOSED again on Google search — RT World News

Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case

A coalition of companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a legal case brought by WhatsApp against Israeli intelligence firm NSO Group, accusing the company of using an undisclosed vulnerability in the messaging app to hack into at least 1,400 devices, some of which were owned by journalists and human rights activists.

NSO develops and sells governments access to its Pegasus spyware, allowing its nation-state customers to target and stealthily hack into the devices of its targets. Spyware like Pegasus can track a victim’s location, read their messages and listen to their calls, steal their photos and files and siphon off private information from their device.

Source: Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case | TechCrunch

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