On Tuesday, 13th April 2021, the German Supervisory Authority, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, issued a statement that it will take action against social media giant, Facebook. This action is to prevent the collection of personal data from users of its WhatsApp messaging app.
Moreover, Facebook is already facing legal scrutiny by German antitrust regulators over its social media dominating behavior in data market.
On this move, Facebook faced backlash from WhatsApp users, privacy advocates, and governments across the globe including India. Many Facebook users left the platform and migrated to platform like Telegram and Signal.
Emergency proceedings against Facebook by the German regulator
“We have reason to believe that the data sharing policy between WhatsApp and Facebook is being impermissibly enforced due to the lack of voluntary and informed consent,” said Johannes Casper, Data Protection Officer, Federal State Hamburg, Germany.
In response to this, a WhatsApp spokesperson said “Our recent update includes new options, people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.
He further added “To be clear, by accepting WhatsApp’s updated terms of service, users are not agreeing to any expansion in our ability to share data with Facebook. Also, the update does not impact the privacy of their messages with friends or family.”
To know what data Facebook processes on you, click here.
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