Sunday, 19 August, 2018

WhatsApp ordered to stop sharing user data with Facebook

WhatsApp ordered to stop sharing user data with Facebook EU Fined Facebook $122 Million For Providing Misleading Information During WhatsApp Acquisition
Guillermo Lane | 19 December, 2017, 11:50

French data protection agency Cnil has issued a formal notice to WhatsApp, ordering the company to stop transferring the data of its users to Facebook, which it had been found to do, without their consent.

According to The Verge, the app has a month to comply with the order.

Failure to keep the deadline will lead to an official internal investigation that could result in the CNIL's committee responsible for Data Protection Act violations bringing to bear sanctions against the company.

GDPR will refine and enshrine the "right to be forgotten" laws as the "right to erasure", and give European Union citizens the right to data portability, meaning they can take data from one organisation and give it to another.

The merging of WhatsApp's data with Facebook was a first step by Facebook previous year toward monetizing the platform since the social network's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for about $22 billion in 2014.

Thank you for your feedback. After all, WhatsApp never told its users it was collecting data for business intelligence and there's no way to opt out without uninstalling the app.

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On the other hand, the company WHATSAPP cannot claim a legitimate interest to massively transfer data to the company FACEBOOK Inc. insofar as this transfer does not provide adequate guarantees allowing to preserve the interest or the fundamental freedoms of users since there is no mechanism whereby they can refuse it while continuing to use the application.

The move, which Facebook said was not possible at the time of acquisition of the messaging app, drew warnings from data regulators over explicit consent. To recall, Germany had earlier ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users.

The European Commission fined Facebook €110m (£94m) in May for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp.

European data protection authorities can only impose small fines at the moment, but a new EU privacy law entering into force next year will increase fines to up to 4 per cent of a company's global turnover.

WhatsApp did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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