One of the more important stories from last week was that WhatsApp, which has traditionally been fairly pro-user when it comes to data and privacy, is going to start sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook. Now privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints over the new turn of events.
Among those making complaints are the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), and the US's Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). ICO has concerns about Facebook following data protection laws, and EPIC states that the policy change violates a Federal Trade Commission consent order.
According to WhatsApp the new data sharing is needed to test new features, such as notifications regarding bank fraud, information on flight delays from airlines, along with simpler things like improving the friend finder tool. It also maintained that messages will still be encrypted, meaning the content can't be read by either company.