The Hindu: Complaint filed against Google, Facebook under new GDPR laws

The Hindu: Complaint filed against Google, Facebook under new GDPR laws. “A data protection rights group has accused Instagram and WhatsApp as well over the way they obtain users’ consent. A group that campaigns for data protection rights in Europe has filed legal complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp over the way they obtain users’ consent under new EU privacy rules.”

Make Tech Easier: 9 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

Make Tech Easier: 9 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy. “When social media giant Facebook purchased everyone’s favorite mobile messenger ‘Whatsapp,’ users were promised their data would be private and that they wouldn’t be subject to the shady things that Mark Zuckerberg and crew are known for. That promise is all but gone, leaving many of us seeking alternatives.”

BetaNews: WhatsApp raises minimum user age to 16 in Europe and announces data download tool

BetaNews: WhatsApp raises minimum user age to 16 in Europe and announces data download tool. “The Facebook-owned messaging tool has made the change in order to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force on May 25. To continue to use WhatsApp, users must now confirm that they are at least 16 years old and agree to the privacy policy and terms of services of the newly-created WhatsApp Ireland Limited.”

Poynter: 16 ways to debunk hoaxes on WhatsApp

Poynter: 16 ways to debunk hoaxes on WhatsApp. “Facebook gets a lot of attention for its fake news problem, but WhatsApp is no stranger to far-reaching viral hoaxes. The private messaging platform, which hit 1 billion daily users last summer, has become a source of misinformation about everything from unions to storms. Since the platform is encrypted and groups are limited to 256 people, no one really knows when or where content goes viral — not even WhatsApp itself. That has made it exceedingly difficult for fact-checkers to uncover and debunk WhatsApp hoaxes, developing innovative workarounds in order to at least partially address fakery on the platform.”

CNET: France builds WhatsApp-like service to avoid privacy breaches

CNET: France builds WhatsApp-like service to avoid privacy breaches. “As Facebook continues to reel from the Cambridge Analytica saga, the French government is taking precautions against the social media behemoth’s WhatsApp service. The French government is developing its own encrypted messaging service, Reuters reported Monday. The goal is to alleviate concerns about privacy breaches, which could result in the leaking of private conversations between top officials to foreign parties.”

Gizmodo: Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint from a WhatsApp Photo

Gizmodo: Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint from a WhatsApp Photo. “Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling ‘groundbreaking,’ according to the BBC.”