German watchdog complains WhatsApp to datadeling with Facebook

German watchdog complains WhatsApp to datadeling with Facebook

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The German consumentenwaakhond VZBV suing the chat-app WhatsApp, as the service of last year data of users shared with parent company Facebook.

With the acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, promised Facebook the data of the two businesses not to associate. After several European privacywaakhonden criticism expressed on the break of that promise, decided to WhatsApp the datadelen in Europe temporarily to stop.

His lawsuit claims the VZBV, a dachverein of local consumer organisations, that also previously shared data be removed again by Facebook and the sharing of data in the future is excluded.

The guard dog has particular problems in mind that numbers from the directory of WhatsApp users to be shared with Facebook. That also happens if the owners of those songs, no WhatsApp or Facebook user.

Furthermore, the VZBV it is unacceptable that the users ‘ data can be used to make advertising on Facebook to personalize. Although it is possible to disable, but the organization will find that there is at all first, permission must be asked before data in this way may be processed. has Facebook to a comment asked. A covenant of European privacytoezichthouders recently said all that possible “additional steps” would be taken, because the datadeling between WhatsApp and Facebook has not yet fully stopped.

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