HC orders WhatsApp to remove users’ data collected till September 25
Facebook told to delete data received from WhatsApp by German watchdog.German data protection authorities have ordered Facebook to delete data received from WhatsApp.
German data protection authorities have ordered Facebook to delete data, such as phone numbers, it has received from its subsidiary WhatsApp. Facebook acquired the global messaging service two years ago and announced this summer that WhatsApp would begin sharing the phone numbers of its users with the social network as part of a program to synchronise the two businesses.
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However, Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection ruled Tuesday that Facebook “neither has obtained an effective approval from the WhatsApp users, nor does a legal basis for the data reception exist.”
publicly assured that data will not be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.
“The fact that this is now happening is not only a misleading of their users and the public, but also constitutes an infringement of national data protection law,” Caspar added.
According to a Reuters report, Facebook said in a statement that it complied with EU data protection law. “We are open to working with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns,” it said.
The California-based company has faced repeated challenges in Germany, where there are strict laws on data privacy and intellectual property.
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