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Facebook and WhatsApp can once again share data

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As the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, waves of companies are updating their policies in accordance. An interesting amendment comes from Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp, which suggests that the two platforms can once again share data after agreeing not to with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s …

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WhatsApp is giving users more time to delete sent messages

Since being acquired by Facebook in 2014, many of WhatsApp’s feature updates have revolved around encryption and bolstering user privacy. In October, WhatsApp took another step in that direction by allowing users to revoke sent messages under certain conditions and within a strict time window. Now this week, the messaging …

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WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages

Since being acquired by Facebook in 2014, many of WhatsApp’s feature updates have revolved around encryption and bolstering user privacy. Over the last week, the messaging service took another step in that direction by rolling out a feature to all users, allowing them to revoke sent messages. WhatsApp has been …

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Facebook fined £91m for ‘misleading’ regulators during WhatsApp acquisition

This week, the European Commission is fining Facebook £94.1 million, after concluding that the company gave ‘misleading’ information during an investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. The EC initially began vetting the acquisition deal between Facebook and WhatsApp on anti-competitive grounds. During the Commission’s investigation, Facebook made filings …

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WhatsApp will soon let you ‘unsend’ messages

It looks like WhatsApp wants to give a second chance to all of the drunk texters out there as a new ‘unsend’ feature is in the works. The messaging app is currently testing a way to recall messages, removing them from the chat. This is all according to some screenshots …

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Concerns arise over WhatsApp encryption weakness

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WhatsApp has been trying to improve its stance as far as privacy and security go since last year, when the messaging service introduced end to end encryption. Unfortunately, it turns out that WhatsApp’s encryption isn’t keeping messages as secure as one would hope. Several months back, security researchers discovered a …

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Facebook halts WhatsApp data gathering after ICO warning

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The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK has warned Facebook that it may pursue action against the social network over data gathering conducted as part of the WhatsApp messaging service. It claims that Facebook doesn’t inform its users enough about what it’s gathering. In response, Facebook has paused data gathering …

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Whatsapp now has desktop Windows and Mac clients

WhatsApp, the encrypted chat service owned by Facebook, has expanded its potential user base by a huge number, by introducing desktop clients for both Mac and Windows operating systems. The platform is now available to most technological users, also offering a web-app and the (now) traditional smartphone applications. The idea with …

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Brazilian judge turns off 100 million Whatsapp users

Update: We’ve received a report that the ban has now been lifted, on the completion of the 72 hour block. Looks lie we were a little slow on this story guys. Apologies. Thanks to Tweakers (via Josh Jacobs) for the tip. Original Story: 100 million WhatsApp users in Brazil will …

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Whatsapp confirms end-to-end encryption addition

The Whatsapp messaging service has confirmed that as of Tuesday 6th April, all communications on its platform are encrypted from end to end, meaning that even if it was given a court order, it wouldn’t be able to read its users’ messages or images. Only the sender and receiver will be …

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U.S. DOJ and Facebook/WhatsApp may clash over encryption

As the case of the FBI against Apple continues to draw eyeballs and backing for both camps from various parties, Facebook and its WhatsApp service may have their own clash with the U.S. legal system. The Department of Justice is struggling with a case where a wiretap cannot be performed …

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WhatsApp to start sharing data with Facebook

While it is common knowledge at this point that Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, the company hasn’t actually done much with the messenger app until recently. Just last week it was announced that WhatsApp would no longer require a yearly subscription and now, it seems that the app is …

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WhatsApp is dropping its subscription and will be ad-free

It has almost been two years since Facebook purchased WhatsApp for a massive $19 billion but since then, the company hasn’t really done anything with it or changed the way it operates at all. However, one big change is finally happening- WhatsApp is dropping its annual subscription entirely. WhatsApp’s subscription …

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Use Whatsapp on your PC? You could be at risk

While most people use their smartphone for the WhatsApp encrypted messaging service, some use WhatsApp Web to do the same thing. Available to Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and iOS users on their PCs, it lets people look at messages they’ve received and sent, including images and videos. However, those that …

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The FBI is terrified of encryption

Even though much of the world still seems rather complacent about the Edward Snowden revelations, there’s no denying that the two years since then have seen a surge of interest in encryption and other message obfuscating technologies. Proponents of governments spying on their own citizens, don’t like that at all, …

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Signal iOS app keeps your data secure from prying eyes

With continued reveals of more government spying no matter where you are in the world, many organisations have been clamouring for software that makes our communications so obfuscated through encryption and other measures, that it becomes a waste of time to try and decipher even the most banal conversations. One …

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Whatsapp web messenger launches

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Today Whatsapp made a new web app available for its popular messaging client that will allow you to talk to your contacts from your desktop browser. While this currently only works in Google Chrome, support for other browsers is planned and should be available soon. Once your phone is linked to …

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More WhatsApp messages are sent than texts each day

WhatsApp has turned in to a very popular messaging platform, so much so that people send more WhatsApp messages per day than they do traditional text messages. Around 50 per cent more messages are sent via the Facebook owned WhatsApp than texts these days. WhatsApp recently announced that it had …

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David Cameron to ban effective encryption if re-elected

David Cameron has had a hard on for banning things online for years now. His big focus in 2013-14 was certain types of pornography, which ultimately led to mandatory filters on new broadband accounts and the banning of such innocuous actions in British porn production as face-sitting and female ejaculation. But …

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Whatsapp starts encrypting all chat messages by default

WhatsApp has revealed that going forward, it will be encrypting every chat message sent via the service by default, signalling another step in the right direction for privacy online. The rollout was announced today and is described by the App maker as the “largest deployment of end-to-end encryption ever”. There …

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Facebook doesn’t even know what to do with Whatsapp

Earlier this year, in a slightly surprising move, Facebook acquired popular messaging app, Whatsapp, for £13.6 billion ($22 billion). You’d think that a company paying out that much would at least have a plan to make that money back, right? It turns out that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has no …

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