Tuesday September 27, 2016

WhatsApp Ordered to Stop Collecting Data On Users in Germany

It would seem that the Germans aren't too happy with WhatsApp's decision to share user data with its parent company for the sole purpose of selling ads. Making matters worse is the fact that both companies swore that no data would be shared between them when Facebook acquired the company in 2014.

The city of Hamburg’s data protection commissioner ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, the first time a privacy watchdog has waded into the debate. The regulator, which has authority over Facebook’s activities across Germany, also called on the social network to delete all information already forwarded from WhatsApp on roughly 35 million German users.