It has been reported today that Facebook plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, the technology giant has announced. The merger is intended to create “the best messaging experiences” for the billions of users around the world who use the Facebook-owned apps. Merging with Facebook Messenger and Instagram could force WhatsApp users to reveal information about themselves that they would prefer to keep private.
Expert Comment Below:
Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer at Cybereason:
“How Herculean will the task become when blame is diffused, architecture can be blamed and no one is looking out for the sins committed across inter-company APIs? Now is the time for anti-trust and oversight, much as we all loathe the option. Who knew we had more to fear from Big Data than we did from Big Brother? At some point, we need to not only avoid monopolistic behavior but to actually forward and advance new and emerging rights that we should all have in a digital economy. As with most things, architecting early is easier than bolting features on artificially and messily later. At the very least, Mr. Zuckerberg should take advantage of the situation by leaning forward with a plan for privacy and be a hero instead of later suffering the consequences. This gamble doesn’t have to be about who crosses the finish line first and can instead be about who brought all the benefits of Big Data without the privacy damaging possibilities of Giant Data.”