WhatsApp’s change of heart on how it handles its users’ data isn’t impressing many.
India’s Delhi High Court has reached out to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the two top bodies that govern telecommunication issues in the country, seeking their take on the matter.
The instant messaging and voice calling client announced last week that it will begin sharing some of its users’ data – such as phone number – with its parent company Facebook. The service, used by over one billion worldwide users every month and over 100 million users in India, will also share some analytical data with Facebook to “improve” users’ experience on the social network.
DoT and TRAI have been asked to respond to the notice by Sept. 14.
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.
— jan koum (@jankoum) August 28, 2011
Several people have begun trolling Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, on social media websites. In 2011, Koum quoted an exchange from Fight Club movie to express what appears to be his take on advertising.