The worldwide famous instant messaging and chatting app, WhatsApp, have violated international privacy laws by forcing it’s users to allow all the information and access to their address book/contacts.
Reports say that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Dutch Data Protection Authority have problems or issues with the app violating privacy laws. The report says that WhatsApp takes control over the address book – of both users and non-users of the app, which is against privacy laws according to Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
This lack of choice contravenes (Canadian and Dutch) privacy law. Both users and non-users should have control over their personal data and users must be able to freely decide what contact details they wish to share with WhatsApp.
– says Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
There has been no reply regarding the violation by WhatsApp till yet.