Jan 282013
 January 28, 2013  Posted by  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S.

AFP reports:

WhatsApp’s mobile messaging service used by hundreds of millions of customers worldwide breached privacy laws in at least two countries, a joint Canadian-Dutch probe concluded Monday.

The California-based mobile app developer violated “certain internationally accepted privacy principles, mainly in relation to the retention, safeguard, and disclosure of personal data,” Canada’s privacy commissioner and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) said in a joint statement.

WhatsApp has taken steps to resolve several privacy issues by implementing many of the privacy watchdogs’ recommendations.

“However, outstanding issues remain to be fully addressed,” the watchdogs said.

Read more on ChannelNewsAsia.

Related: Press Release from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Dutch Data Protection Authority

Related: PIPEDA Report of Findings #2013-001: Investigation into the personal information handling practices of WhatsApp Inc.

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