WhatsApp Founder Defends His Commitment To Privacy After $19 Facebook Deal

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March 17, 2014 AT 10:00 AM
Jan Koum, the founder of messaging giant WhatsApp, has defended his company’s commitment to user privacy in the wake of a $19 billion acquisition by Facebook and “inaccurate and careless information” that Koum says has circulated as a result. Though users join WhatsApp’s network by giving their cell phone numbers, they don’t give the service their name, email address or other identifying information. Koum says, “None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp" and that the company has "no plans to change that.”