WhatsApp could face prosecution on poor privacy

Dutch and Canadian privacy commissioners conducted a yearlong investigation into the popular mobile app

By , IDG News Service |  Security

But even if a privacy policy is put in front of consumers, many often click the "read and understood" button without looking at it, said Pat Walshe, privacy director at the GSM Association, an organization representing network operators. His organization has published guidelines for privacy by design for mobile phone applications.

"We want consumers to have confidence in the industry and that means a commitment to protect consumer privacy. Industry has to fill in the gaps or policy makers will do it, possibly in an overly prescriptive way," said Walshe.

(Jennifer Baker in Brussels contributed to this report.)

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

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