The Federal Trade Commission, in a statement released few days ago, announced that they will give their blessing to the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion only if both companies swear to continue to respect the privacy of the user, ie respect the trust users deposited on them with their personal information and do not abuse them in any way. If Facebook or WhatsApp fail to meet the FTC’s demands, the company will face severe measures in Section 5 of the FTC Act. Careful Facebook, the FTC is watching.
The Verge reported that, Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that WhatsApp must hold true to all privacy-related promises the company made to users after the buyout was first announced. “WhatsApp has made a number of promises about the limited nature of the data it collects, maintains, and shares with third parties — promises that exceed the protections currently promised to Facebook users,” reads the letter. “We want to make clear that, regardless of the acquisition, WhatsApp must continue to honor these promises to consumers.”