WhatsApp CEO: Facebook will not affect privacy stance

Posted Mar 18, 2014

WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum wrote a blog post titled “Setting the record straight” that reports the acquisition by Facebook will not cause a negative impact on its privacy policy.

“Since announcing our upcoming partnership with Facebook, we’ve been truly humbled by how much attention our story has received. As a company, we’re excited to continue focusing on offering as many people as possible the chance to stay connected with friends and loved ones, no matter who they are or where they live,” stated Koum. “Unfortunately, there has also been a lot of inaccurate and careless information circulating about what our future partnership would mean for Whatsapp users’ data and privacy. I’d like to set the record straight.”

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Many investors criticized the deal because they believe the price was too much. Koum said that he values private communications as the government was known for tapping telecommunications in his home country of Ukraine.

“Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built Whatsapp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by Whatsapp, and we really have no plans to change that,” added Koum. “If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it.”