One of the most powerful data regulators in Germany is seeking an administrative order preventing Facebook from collecting user data from WhatsApp.
The Hamburg regulator is seeking an order immediately enforceable before May 15 due to concerns that policy changes may lead to the use of WhatsApp data for wider marketing and advertising purposes.
And (Johannes Caspar) said: Johannes CasparData Commissioner, in a statement today, Tuesday: There are now nearly 60 million people in Germany who use WhatsApp, which is by far the most used social media platform, even before Facebook.
He added: Therefore, it is of utmost importance to ensure that the large number of users, which makes the service attractive to many people, does not lead to the arbitrary exploitation of the power of data.
The UK’s largest data protection regulator told lawmakers in January that millions of people stopped using WhatsApp in favor of alternative messaging services such as Telegram and Signal.
Facebook said in a statement: It is reviewing the correspondence it received from the Hamburg regulator and addressing the regulator’s misunderstanding about the purpose and impact of the update, and that it remains committed to providing secure and private communications for everyone.
Facebook added: To clarify, by accepting the updated WhatsApp terms of service, users do not agree to any expansion of our ability to share data with Facebook, and the update does not affect the privacy of their messages with friends or family wherever they are in the world.
The organizer said: The company has an opportunity to respond in a hearingThere has not yet been a supervisory review of the actual processing between WhatsApp and Facebook, Caspar said.
He added: There is reason to believe that provisions that would enable and expand data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook are being imposed illegally due to the lack of voluntary and informed consent.
The German regulator has opened a formal case to prevent illegal group data sharing and put an end to the illegal consent pressure on millions of people.
The regulatory action opens a new front in Germany over Facebook’s privacy policies, as the national antitrust regulator is locked in a legal battle over data practices it says reflect the abuse of the social network’s market dominance.