Researchers from the Technical University of Darmstadt and the University of Würzburg – both in Germany – show that popular mobile messengers expose personal data via discovery services that allow users to find contacts based on phone numbers from their address book.
The Central Bank of Brazil said it had ordered Visa and Mastercard to suspend a joint project with WhatsApp to roll out digital payments within the popular messaging service, over fears it would be anti-competitive.
The people of Kashmir, whose access to the Internet has been blocked by the Indian government for the past four months, are gradually losing their WhatsApp accounts one by one over its parent company Facebook’s policy on “inactive” users.
US Attorney General William Barr and other US, UK and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, reigniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement.
Facebook's WhatsApp said on Tuesday a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a private company working on surveillance and it had referred the incident to the US Department of Justice.
Politicians and experts are highly concerned as the personal project of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to link messages between the services is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
On a hot morning in India’s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service pulled into a dusty lane, where five men spilled out and began to perform a skit.