WhatsApp founder says privacy concerns after Facebook buyout are ‘unfounded’

Facebook’s $ 16 billion buyout of WhatsApp last month was quickly followed by speculation about privacy for the app’s more than 450 million users, given Facebook’s own checkered history with privacy. Co-founder Jan Koum wrote on the WhatsApp blog today to “set the record straight,” describing speculation about the acquisition undermining how the company treats user data as not only “baseless” but “irresponsible.”

The goal is to know as little about you as possible

Koum writes that WhatsApp was built “around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible.” Working under that philosophy, the app doesn’t collect personal data like email addresses, birthdays, or locations — which Facebook already has access to, ironically — and…

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