Facebook Has To Stop Collecting WhatsApp Data In Germany

  • Facebook Has To Stop Collecting WhatsApp Data In Germany

Facebook Has To Stop Collecting WhatsApp Data In Germany

Germany has made a decision to ban WhatsApp and Facebook from sharing user data with one another as consumers did not agree to the data sharing deal between the two companies. The order also includes the demand to delete the information that Facebook had already gathered from 35 million German WhatsApp users. It also asked what measures would be taken to ensure Italian laws on data protection were met, above all in view of the fact users had been given a limited timeframe of just 30 days to withdraw their consent or express their opposition to the use of their data. Therefore Facebook has to ask for permission in advance.

According to a recent report by TechCrunch, Facebook will appeal the ruling in Germany, bit for the moment they have to stop collecting data from its users in Germany.

Overall, the agency believes that Facebook never gained the effective approval to collect data from its WhatsApp users, and at the same time it does not legally have the right to do so. Further such information will also be shared with Facebook and Facebook's family of apps so that it can track basic metrics like how often users utilize services. With over 100 million monthly users, the company would not want to draw the ire of the judiciary or regulatory bodies of the country.

Announcing the new privacy policy in August, WhatsApp said closer coordination would enable Facebook to make "better friends suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them".

Hamburg's data protection commissioner has officially struck down the deal, issuing an administrative order which completely prohibits any transfer of information between the two companies.

A Facebook spokesperson has revealed that they will appeal the order from Germany's privacy watchdog, insisting that Facebook complies with European Union data protection law.

In response, Facebook noted that it has complied with Europe's privacy rules and that it was willing to work with the DPA to address its concerns.

In February 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for approximately $19.3 billion.

In a response, Facebook said it was ready to cooperate with the German authorities.