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FTC Should Investigate Facebook-WhatsApp Deal, Groups Say

Facebook Inc.’s purchase of WhatsApp Inc. may be an unfair trade practice because users of the messaging service had an expectation that their data wouldn’t be collected for advertising purposes, two privacy groups said in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy are asking the agency to investigate how the $19 billion deal will impact the privacy of WhatsApp users, who exchange private messages via the service.