German regulator orders Facebook to stop collecting data from German WhatsApp users – fr

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German regulator orders Facebook to stop collecting data from German WhatsApp users – fr


News of Whatsapp’s controversial data collection policy changes involving Facebook has been causing a stir since WhatsApp attempted to give users an ultimatum regarding data collection. In the latest news, WhatsApp will slowly withhold app functionality until users agree to the new terms. In the latest development, Facebook faces close scrutiny from German regulators.

In a new version written by Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany describes the issues with the updated WhatsApp privacy policy. Caspar claims the issues are not legal according to GDPR regulations that have been put in place for all companies with data on customers, users or employees. The following is an excerpt from the press release, automatically translated from German:

The provisions relating to the transfer of data are scattered at different levels of the data protection declaration, they are not clear and difficult to distinguish between their European and international versions. In addition, their content is misleading and there are considerable contradictions. Even after a more detailed analysis, one cannot see what consequences consent has for users. In addition, consent is not given voluntarily, as WhatsApp requires consent to the new provisions as a condition for the continued use of the features of the service.

Caspar issued a three-month emergency ban that prevents Facebook from continuing to collect data and has asked a panel of EU data regulators to follow Germany’s actions across the European Union.

Facebook denies Caspar’s claims Bloomberg and says that will not prevent the new policy from unfolding. He also calls the German regulators’ response “based on a fundamental misunderstanding” of what the update intends to do.

Since the initial rollout of the new policy, there has been an increase in demand for other messaging applications. Telegram and Signal have seen massive adoption of new users since then. Facebook has been widely criticized for its new policy changes, and the cross-flow of information between brands has become inevitable since Facebook acquired the messaging app in 2014.

Source 1 (German) • 2 • Via

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