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WhatsApp Ranked Worst in Data Privacy of Users: Report

Published: 23rd June 2015 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2015 12:42 PM   |  A+A-

'Whatsapp' which is the most popular messaging app in the world has been ranked as worst when it comes to the data privacy of users.

whatsapp_AP.pngAccording to new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called ‘Who Has Your Back?’ Whatsapp has got the worst ranking as it has been criticised at each level of measurement.

However, Facebook (the owner of Whatsapp) was approved for each criteria except one that it doesn't disclose when the government asks to remove the content from the site.

‘Who Has Your Back?’ has been running since 2011 but WhatsApp has been included for the first time in the report.

The foundation said,“Although EFF gave the company a full year to prepare for its inclusion in the report, it has adopted none of the best practices we’ve identified as part of this report”.

The five criteria of ranking are:

  • What measures they take for data security
  • Whether they keep the users aware when the govt demands their data
  • How transparent their policies are
  • How often do they reveal when they are asked to remove the content
  • How easily do they allow the government to access their data

However, the foundation said that those criteria have changed over time.



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