WhatsApp stores the phone nonusers hashed after criticism CBP

Nov

4

2015

WhatsApp After examination of the Dutch Data Protection Authority has taken several steps in processing numbers of non-users. Company stores which now numbers and hashed separately.

The changes comply WhatsApp according to CBP with the statutory requirements to process the data. WhatsApp uploading of users, telephone numbers of their contacts, including those of non-WhatsApp users. Because the collection of songs is not at all necessary for the operation of the service, the service violates privacy rules, noted the CBP in 2013.

The chat service showed it to the privacy authority that it “technically impossible” to offer the service without the app reads all contact details. The measures WhatsApp it has taken to ensure that processing is carried out only to allow users to find one another and into contact with one another, and not for other purposes.

In addition, the processing must be done now safer. Only “a limited number of technicians’ for example, would have access to the hashes of phone numbers. These hashes are stored separately, indicating that it previously did not. WhatsApp would however argue that the CBP has jurisdiction to rule on the issue. However, the company cooperated in the investigation and let it carry out an external audit.

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