Whatsapp informs Irish data protection authority about vulnerability

15 May 2019
Whatsapp has communicated to the Irish data protection authority the discovery of a serious security vulnerability on its platform, which could have affected users in the EU. The breach was discovered recently by privacy activists, after hackers used software exploiting this vulnerability to intercept their communications.
 

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

 

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