Germany orders Facebook to stop WhatsApp data collection
According to my source, The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
has issued an administrative order against Facebook and WhatsApp,
essentially demanding that Facebook stop collecting data from Whatsapp users.
“This administrative order protects the data of about 35 million
WhatsApp users in Germany. It has to be their decision, whether they
want to connect their account with Facebook,” Commissioner Johannes
Caspar said on the order. “Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened.”
Facebook told The New York Times that they are ready to compel with the German agency to address these concerns,
while at the same time reiterating that it has complied with Europe’s
privacy rules. This isn’t the first time Facebook’s decision to collect
WhatsApp user data has caught the attention of a country’s privacy
board, with UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office saying shortly after the original announcement that it would be looking into these new policies.
However, this will only affect WhatsApp users in Germany, but it could set a precedent that causes other countries to follow suit.
Source: The New York Times
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