29 January 2013, 17:15
Cape Town – The WhatsApp messaging app has been criticised after a joint investigation by Dutch and Canadian regulators.
Investigators said that when smartphone owners installed the app it asked to access their address books.
They said the problem was that it then transmitted all the contained phone numbers to its servers, and failed to delete those belonging to people who had not signed up to the service.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority has said that it could take punitive action if the Silicon Valley firm behind the product does not change it.
WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and allows users to send each other text, image, video and audio messages. It works across Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian platforms and does not charge a fee per message.
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