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US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the messaging service set to be acquired by the huge social network for a whopping $19 billionUS regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion. The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources familiar with the review, allowing Facebook to go forward with its largest-ever acquisition and expand its footprint and mobile offerings. In a letter to both companies, the FTC noted that WhatsApp has made “promises” to consumers on protecting their data and that both companies have told consumers that after the acquisition, WhatsApp will continue its current privacy practices. “We want to make clear that, regardless of the acquisition, WhatsApp must continue to honor these promises to consumers,” FTC official Jessica Rich said in the letter.

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