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Topic: WhatsApp

EU levels $122M fine against Facebook for misleading info during WhatsApp takeover

05/18/2017, 09:05 am

The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros -- about $122 million -- for providing "misleading information" during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition, which raised concerns about data sharing between the two services.

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WhatsApp encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs, but may be vulnerable

05/09/2017, 09:05 am

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly began encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs in late 2016, a report revealed this week -- though that protection may now be compromised.

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How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for Apple's iPhone

02/10/2017, 11:02 am

Following a months-long testing period, Facebook's WhatsApp has enabled two-step account verification as extra security for all users of its mobile messaging app. Here's how to enable the feature on your iPhone.

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WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

01/13/2017, 12:01 pm

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages [updated with statement from WhatsApp].

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WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

08/25/2016, 01:08 pm

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

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French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

08/24/2016, 11:08 am

In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.

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Secure WhatsApp found to not be completely eradicating chat transcripts

07/29/2016, 11:07 am

The end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp service is leaving traces of previously deleted chats behind in device storage, making forensic retrieval possible through physical device access or a warrant served on Apple for an iCloud backup.

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Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban within hours

07/20/2016, 09:07 am

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

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Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp, affecting millions of users

07/19/2016, 01:07 pm

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

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Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in fight over WhatsApp encryption

07/01/2016, 10:07 am

Over $6 million in Facebook's Brazilian bank accounts has been reportedly frozen, following a fresh court order in disputes over encrypted WhatsApp conversations.

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Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

05/03/2016, 04:05 pm

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

05/02/2016, 03:05 pm

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp boosts security with complete end-to-end encryption

04/05/2016, 04:04 pm

Facebook on Tuesday announced that WhatsApp, its popular mobile messaging service, is now using end-to-end encryption for all communications, not just one-on-one text exchanges and VoIP calls.

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Justice Department considers wiretapping fight with WhatsApp amid Apple-FBI row

03/14/2016, 09:03 am

The U.S. government is at odds with yet another Silicon Valley firm thanks to encrypted communications, this time targeting Facebook-owned messaging superpower WhatsApp over federal wiretapping statutes.

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WhatsApp to cut off BlackBerry users by the end of 2016

02/29/2016, 12:02 pm

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry suffered another blow on Monday as megapopular messaging service WhatsApp announced that it would no longer offer support for any BlackBerry platform after the end of this year.

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Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees to keep growing userbase

01/18/2016, 11:01 am

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

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Brazilian judge briefly shuts down WhatsApp, crippling communications

12/17/2015, 12:12 pm

Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service was briefly shutdown in Brazil on Friday (local time), the result of an order by a state judge in Sao Paulo calling for a longer 48-hour suspension.

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