According to the report, the regulator of the city of Hamburg is concerned that Facebook may use the data collected on WhatsApp to develop its marketing and advertising activities. The company’s data protection directive already says it could aggregate user data across all of its services. It now requires WhatsApp users to comply with this policy.
Hamburg’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner Johannes Caspar, mentionned that “there has not yet been a regulatory review of actual processing transactions between WhatsApp and Facebook to our knowledge. There are currently reasons to believe that the provisions on data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook should be impermissibly enforced due to the lack of voluntary and informed consent. “
Caspar is looking for an order that is immediately executable before May 15, when WhatsApp plans to apply the new policy. However, Facebook will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations at a hearing, the Hamburg commissioner said.
WhatsApp is said to have around 60 million users in Germany. The German branch of Facebook is based in Hamburg.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Facebook said it was reviewing the correspondence it received from the Hamburg regulator. The company “will resolve their misunderstandings regarding the purpose and effect of the update.” He remains “determined to provide secure and private communications for all.”
“To be clear, by agreeing to the updated WhatsApp terms of service, users are not agreeing to any extension of our ability to share data with Facebook, and the update has no impact on the privacy of their messages. with their friends or family wherever they are in the world. Facebook said.