US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal
Published on Apr 11, 2014 5:05 AM
The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources familiar with the review, allowing Facebook to go forward with its largest-ever acquisition and expand its footprint and mobile offerings.
In a letter to both companies, the FTC noted that WhatsApp has made "promises" to consumers on protecting their data and that both companies have told consumers that after the acquisition, WhatsApp will continue its current privacy practices.
"We want to make clear that, regardless of the acquisition, WhatsApp must continue to honor these promises to consumers," FTC official Jessica Rich said in the letter.
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