The WhatsApp hugely controversial data-sharing deal just got SHUT DOWN in Germany and here is why…
In return, Facebook would then use that data to help its ads, generating more information about the people using it.
Well that ain’t happening in Germany!
The company just hit a snag and here is why:
That agreement caused huge outrage and many people arguing that such an arrangement shouldn’t be allowed. This is a HUGE embarrassment to WhatsApp because in the past committed to keeping data private and not using its platform for ads.
With Facebook invading your WhatsApp privacy for advertising purposes leaves users open. It goes back to the statement “The big man is watching every move.” With this type of invasion of privacy, users of WhatsApp will have nowhere to stay off the main grid so to speak.
Independent UK reports:
Those criticisms have now been echoed by the Hamburg data protection commissioner, which has issued an administrative order that officially bans Facebook from sharing information with WhatsApp across Germany.
The order “prohibits Facebook with immediate effect to collect and store data of German WhatsApp users”, according to a statement from the watchdog. “Facebook is also ordered to delete all data that has already been forwarded by WhatsApp.”
The order had been taken out because the data-sharing deal was never done with the agreement of users of the two companies, the watchdog said.
Data can only be shared if both companies establish a legal basis to do so, it wrote. But Facebook doesn’t have any approval from WhatsApp users and the legal basis for the data sharing doesn’t exist.
The European Court of Justice recently suggested that international companies must comply with national data protection laws if they process data in those countries. Facebook markets its German-speaking business through a subsidiary in Hamburg, meaning that the city’s data protection watchdog can hand down orders to Facebook – though it remains to be seen whether it will actually comply with it.
Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, said in a statement:
“This administrative order protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany. It has to be their decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook. Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened.”
“In addition, there are many millions of people whose contact details were uploaded to WhatsApp from the user’s address books, although they might not even have a connection to Facebook or WhatsApp. According to Facebook, this gigantic amount of data has not yet been collected.
“Facebook’s answer, that this has merely not been done for the time being, is cause for concern that the gravity of the data protection breach will have much a more severe impact.”
With that said, we are NOT cool with the report and will most likely be deleting WhatsApp from our phones. We don’t believe Facebook should be getting any data from any of us. So we agree with Germany.
American’s NEED to wake up and dump WhatsApp unless they want all their business all over Facebook. People can be tracked on Facebook by friends, family and government. This is just another tool of control.
Keep your privacy settings locked only to family and friends on Facebook. That is our recommendation.