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WhatsApp to take legal action against businesses sending bulk messages

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:37 PM

WhatsApp to take legal action against businesses sending bulk messages

WhatsApp is taking legal action against those who are engaged in or assisting businesses in abusing the platform by sending unauthorized bulk or automated messages. As per WhatsApp's FAQ page, such messages are a violation of WhatsApp's terms of service. WhatsApp began taking legal action against businesses abusing its platform beginning December 7, 2019.

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WhatsApp to Take Legal Action Against Policy Violators from 7 Dec

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 4:45 PM

WhatsApp to Take Legal Action Against Policy Violators from 7 Dec

WhatsApp has announced it will take legal action against individuals and companies violating its Terms of Service starting December 7. To prevent the platform's abuse, WhatsApp said it is entitled to its right to serve legal notices to those engaging in automated or bulk messaging (spamming). It will also take action against companies linked to evidence of violations before Saturday.

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WhatsApp 'exits' accounts of J&K users

Friday, December 6, 2019, 3:42 PM

WhatsApp 'exits' accounts of J&K users

The four-month-long internet shutdown in Jammu & Kashmir has resulted in many WhatsApp users losing access to their accounts. As per WhatsApp's global policy, accounts that remain unused for 120 days are automatically deactivated. As J&K completed exactly 120 days of internet blackout on Wednesday, residents woke up to find themselves checked out of their accounts and groups.

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Data of Only 20 WhatsApp Users Compromised By Pegasus Spyware: Govt

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:13 PM

Data of Only 20 WhatsApp Users Compromised By Pegasus Spyware: Govt

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that personal data of 20 WhatsApp users were accessed by the NSO Group in the Pegasus spyware attack out of the 121 users whose devices were targeted. Meanwhile, the government had announced in November it would conduct an audit of WhatsApp's security systems. The Pegasus spyware attack infected about 1,400 devices across 20 countries.

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Perjury plea against WhatsApp withdrawn amid HC hearings

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:47 AM

Perjury plea against WhatsApp withdrawn amid HC hearings

Former RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya withdrew his plea for perjury and criminal action against WhatsApp over the Pegasus snooping allegations but hinted at taking appropriate steps against the messaging platform at a later stage. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, assisted by advocate Virag Gupta, agreed to withdraw the plea to file a new petition later.

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Government plans WhatsApp security systems audit

Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:56 AM

Government plans WhatsApp security systems audit

India wants to conduct an audit of WhatsApp's security systems following revelations that spyware exploited vulnerabilities in the Facebook-owned messaging platform, technology minister said. The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) "sought submission of information from WhatsApp on November 9, 2019, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp's security systems and processes," Ravi Shankar Prasad told parliament in a statement.

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WhatsApp Invests $250,000 Into Indian Startup Ecosystem

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 9:32 AM

WhatsApp Invests $250,000 Into Indian Startup Ecosystem

WhatsApp has announced that it is investing $250,000 into the startup ecosystem through a partnership with Startup India, where the instant messaging firm will provide 500-startups with $500 each of Facebook ad credits. The ad credits can be used by the startups to create ads that invite customers to click to open a chat on WhatsApp so they can deepen connections and increase sales.

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WhatsApp likely part of surveillance programs; claims Telegram founder

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:26 PM

WhatsApp likely part of surveillance programs; claims Telegram founder

Telegram Founder Pavel Durov has claimed that WhatsApp is being used by spy agencies as a surveillance tool, following a recent vulnerability found on the app. He said that WhatsApp is being used to spy on users' photos and messages across other apps. Durov held parent firm Facebook responsible, saying that it has been a part of many surveillance programmes.

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WhatsApp identifies new holes, warns of malicious MP4 file

Monday, November 18, 2019, 11:53 AM

WhatsApp identifies new holes, warns of malicious MP4 file

WhatsApp has identified a vulnerability that could have been exploited through a malicious MP4 file. India's computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-in) described the vulnerability's severity rating as "high" and has advised users to update to the latest version of WhatsApp. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2019-11931, affected both Android and iOs systems but it is unclear if any users were impacted.

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US tech body opposes India's bid for data localisation

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:54 PM

US tech body opposes India's bid for data localisation

Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council, a US-based global lobby body for technology companies, said that India's mandate on data localization could prove detrimental to tech companies in more than one way, and also opposed the government's bid to force social media apps such as WhatsApp to allow traceability of the origin of certain messages.

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