Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over Facebook, WhatsApp Data Sharing

Posted by HardOCP News 6:06 PM (CDT)

Tuesday August 30, 2016

While I think this is a pretty janky move, you do have thirty days to opt out of data sharing. There is always the option of just not using Facebook or WhatApp as well, that seems to work pretty good too.

Some consumer privacy watchdog groups have filed a formal complaint with the FTC, asking them to look into it. The complaint (PDF) comes from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD). The groups ask the FTC to investigate the new terms that Facebook and WhatsApp have set, saying it constitutes "an unfair and deceptive trade practice," which is the legal term for all those misleading things the FTC’s responsible for quashing.