Germany Won’t Allow Facebook to Collect Data from WhatsApp Users
Going forward Germany won’t allow Facebook to collect data from WhatsApp users.
Privacy watchdog says data-sharing relationship is a scheme. Goes on to say it is ‘an infringement of national data protection law’
If you’re not familiar with the Facebook and WhatsApp relationship, it’s a simple one. Facebook collects data from the app’s users. In Germany, they have now been ordered to stop. This is the first regulatory issue to a controversial data-sharing scheme that the social media company announced in August. In a statement published, Germany’s privacy watchdog said the sharing of information between WhatsApp user data with Facebook is “an infringement of national data protection law.” The regulatory body also ordered Facebook to delete all data that has been transferred from WhatsApp in Germany to date.
All of Europe has been monitoring Facebook’s data-sharing scheme closely. Facebook acquired the app in 2014. WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, told users their privacy wouldn’t be compromised. This all changed in August. WhatsApp announced it will share some user data — including phone numbers — with Facebook. They also plan to allow businesses to contact users directly through its app.
Facebook shared a response that said the company will appeal the decision in Germany. The statement also went on to say, “Facebook complies with EU data protection law,” the spokesperson said. “We will appeal this order and we will work with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns.”