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Facebook blamed WhatsApp’s flaws on “limitations that can’t be solved due to their structure and architecture”, Oded Vanunu of Check Point said. Photograph: Thomas White/Reuters

Cybersecurity experts who found a way to hack WhatsApp and manipulate chat messages said this week that Facebook has failed to address the flaws, a ye(...)

‘Worse still, once installed on your device, any sign of the attack disappears.’ Photograph: Getty

In most spheres, the standard mantra is that one must first walk before attempting to run. Why then, when it comes to technology, is everyone so keen (...)

Because of its encryption, WhatsApp is widely used by vulnerable human rights defenders around the world, whose lives – and those of their fellow campaigners, and of friends, co-workers and family on their contacts list – may depend on the app’s security. Photograph: Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Although WhatsApp uses strong encryption to protect the privacy of calls and conversations, and has been touted as an important tool for protecting pe(...)

WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app.

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation(...)

A new study has found 90% of physicians felt they could not provide the best possible clinical care without using instant messaging. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Doctors in Irish hospitals are “routinely” exchanging sensitive patient data using phone apps such as WhatsApp, potentially putting them in breach of (...)

Facebook has been fined by French privacy watchdog CNIL. The €150,000 fine is small in the context of the company which has quarterly revenue of about $8bn

Facebook has been fined €150,000 by France’s CNIL data watchdog for failure to prevent its users’ data from being accessed by advertisers. The Commis(...)

WhatsApp has announced plans to share users’ phone numbers with its parent company Facebook. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

When mobile messaging service WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion (€17 billion) by Facebook in 2014 , it promised there would be no significant change(...)

 Facebook and Microsoft would have to abide by “security and confidentiality provisions” demanded by the EU. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU’s rules on telecoms due out in Sept(...)

Decision comes following security and privacy blips

The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has just announced full end-to-end encryption. What’s up with this and what does it mean for its one bil(...)

Draft legislation is expected as soon as this week. Image: Thinkstock

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would allow judges to require technology companies such as Apple to he(...)

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