Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
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4 Mar 2021
6:14 pm

South African lawmakers to take on Facebook over WhatsApp privacy

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

South Africa's Information Regulator has already written to Facebook SA to point out that the company's new WhatsApp terms of use would violate the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

Whatsapp seen on an iPhone, 14 January 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

Facebook South Africa has been asked to answer for its plans to share users' personal information with third parties via its subsidiary, WhatsApp. While the Information Regulator (IR) has written to Facebook South Africa to point out that the company's new terms of use would violate the Protection of Personal Information Act(POPIA), members of parliament are expected to raise the issue in the National Assembly. Users globally have just a few weeks left to decide if they accept the new terms of service and perhaps to properly consider its implications. These include that Facebook will be able to share not...