WhatsApp messenger application usage is now booming. Beside being cheap, the application is also available on some mobile platforms and certainly very easy for the user. But in Canada and the Netherlands, WhatsApp has a different view in the “eyes” of their law. An agency that serves the protection of personal data in Canada and the Netherlands just proceed a charge with the existence of WhatsApp. They assumed that WhatsApp has a high risks of personal data theft.
WhatsApp user is using the phone number as the account name. At first glance, it doesn’t look problematic. However, it is different if there is a group conversation in WhatsApp. In the group, it has a possibility of others to freely store personal data about other users in the same group. Chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority in the Netherlands, Jacob Kohnstamm said that the users should have control over where the locations of the data that can be shared to other users. And this wasn’t done by the WhatsApp.
Both parties, Dutch and Canadian authorities said they would continue to monitor WhatsApp. And, if they didn’t responded the charge, they were ready to make a step further. Until this news was written, WhatsApp party still hasn’t given its official statement.