WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for a mega sum of $19 billion last month, and concerns have escalated over what the social network has planned.
Today, Co-Founder/CEO Jan Koum published a blog post titled “Setting the record straight,” which is pretty self explanatory.
From Facebook getting access to WhatsApp data to changing its values, Koum makes things pretty clear:
“Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.”
Under the partnership with Facebook, WhatsApp continues to operate independently, and Koum equates the speculation as to what may happen with the messaging app as “irresponsible.”
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