A German privateness regulator ordered Fb on Tuesday to cease gathering and storing information of German customers of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all knowledge that has already been forwarded to it.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Knowledge Safety and Freedom of Data mentioned Fb was infringing knowledge safety regulation and had not obtained efficient approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million customers in Germany.
“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Fb two years in the past, each events have publicly assured that knowledge is not going to be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar stated in a press release.
Fb, the world’s greatest social community, purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion in money and inventory in an effort to achieve a youthful viewers.
“The truth that that is now taking place isn’t solely a deceptive of their customers and the general public, but in addition constitutes an infringement of nationwide knowledge safety legislation,” Caspar added.
Fb, which has its German headquarters in Hamburg and subsequently falls beneath Caspar’s jurisdiction, mentioned in a press release that it complied with EU information safety regulation.
“We’re open to working with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to deal with their questions and resolve any issues,” it stated.
The info watchdog mentioned Fb and WhatsApp have been unbiased corporations that ought to course of their customers’ information based mostly on their very own phrases and situations and knowledge privateness insurance policies.
The Hamburg commissioner’s transfer comes after EU and U.S. regulators mentioned they’d scrutinize modifications to privateness settings that WhatsApp made in August.