Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say that popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who donít even use the service.
Officials in both countries say that WhatsApp Inc. is going through its usersí address books and copying every single phone number before transmitting them to the Mountain View, California-based companyís servers.
Many communications services ask for access to their customerís address books to help connect them with friends. But under Canadian and Dutch law, personal information belonging to nonusers must be destroyed once itís no longer being used.
Canadaís Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Dutch Data Protection Authority also criticized WhatsApp for weak security and sloppy encryption.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.