Turkey to probe Whatsapp new policy

Istanbul, 11th January: Turkey will probe Facebook’s move to collect Whatsapp data.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, Turkey will launch an investigation into Whatsapp and its owner Facebook Inc after the messaging app agreed to share its data with its parent company.

Turkey’s Competition Board has launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc after the messaging app asked users to agree to let its parent company collect data including phone numbers and locations.

A written statement issued by the board said it has ruled that the data-collection requirement should be suspended until the investigation is complete.

The statement said, “The Competition Board has opened an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and suspended the requirement to share Whatsapp data.”

It is to be noted that WhatsApp updated its terms of service last Wednesday, allowing Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect user data. Feb 8, 2021, is the deadline to agree to the new terms.

Contrary to Whatsapp, new apps like Signal and Telegram have seen a sudden increase in demand.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s media office informed that it is quitting WhatsApp after the new privacy policy change.

The presidency officials said that media office will update journalists via BiP,  from Monday.

A unit of the Turkish communication company ‘Turkcell’ has developed a messaging app called BiP. In just a single day, the app gained 1.12 million users in Turkey and more than 53 million subscribers worldwide.

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