In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy are seeking to block Facebook’s recent purchase of WhatsApp, The Washington Post reports, citing concerns that the sale would harm WhatsApp users by allowing their data to be integrated into Facebook’s large advertising business. The privacy groups have said Facebook has a track record of changing its privacy policy, highlighting the changes it made after it purchased Instagram in 2011. They argue the practices are deceptive because users do not expect privacy policies to change, the report states. “WhatsApp users could not reasonably have anticipated that by selecting a pro-privacy messaging service, they would subject their data to Facebook’s data-collection practices,” said EPIC’s Julia Horwitz. Facebook has said WhatsApp “will operate as a separate company and will honor its commitments to privacy and security.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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