Turkey probes Facebook’s move to collect WhatsApp data

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The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it had launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc days after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook gather user data like phone numbers and places.

The shift at WhatsApp was rolled out globally, but appears to have come under special scrutiny in Turkey, where President Tayyip Erdogan’s press office and the defence ministry told journalists that they had been migrating their WhatsApp discussion classes to rival app BiP, a component of Turkcell.

In a written statement, Turkey’s Competition Board said it had ruled the data-collection requirement ought to be suspended before the research is complete.

WhatsApp updated its terms of service last Wednesday, enabling Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect user information. The deadline for agreeing to the new terms is Feb. 8.

Rival messaging apps Signal and Telegram have seen a sudden rise in demand.

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In a statement to journalists at our partner news agency Reuters after the Competition Board’s statement, a spokesperson for WhatsApp denied the update to its own services would affect privacy on the stage, adding that the company remained committed to” delivering secure and private communications for everyone”.

Turkey’s government has targeted social networking companies with new limitations and fines since it passed a law in July it says bolsters local oversight of the foreign companies.

Critics say the law abiding dissent out of Turks who resorted to online systems after the government tightened its grip on mainstream media.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Ebru Tuncay. Writing by Daren Butler and Tuvan Gumrukcu. Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Peter Graff.

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