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Privacy Groups Respond To WhatsApp Founder/CEO Jan Koum’s Blog Post With Updated FTC Filing

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy — which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging company WhatsApp, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information — filed an update with the FTC Friday, in response to a blog post by WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum earlier this week.

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Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Vs. Facebook-WhatsApp Deal

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Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.

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German Courts Not Seeing Eye-To-Eye On Facebook

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Facebook is caught in the middle of conflicting rulings by courts in Germany, as a decision by the Higher Court of Berlin that the social network’s friend finder violates the country’s law clashes with an April 2013 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, which stated that Germany’s data-protection laws should not apply to Facebook, as its European headquarters are in Ireland.

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Instagram’s New Privacy Policy Includes Ad Product Similar To Facebook Sponsored Stories

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Not long after Facebook altered its data use policy, the social network’s photo-sharing site, Instagram, is also planning some changes. According to Instagram’s newest terms of use, users should expect to see more ads featuring their friends (sound familiar?). Sister site Social Times read through Instagram’s policy — which becomes official Jan. 16 — to let users know about some key facets.

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Users Can Soon Vote On Proposed Facebook Privacy Policy Changes

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When Facebook told users it was planning to approve changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities without putting them to a vote, users and privacy advocates were up in arms. Luckily, commenters have taken matters into their own hands, posting enough comments on the note announcing the changes to force Facebook to put them to a vote.

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