The German data regulator issued a ban today to prohibit Facebook from collecting WhatsApp German users data.
The head of the Hamburg State Data Protection Agency, Johannes Caspar, issued a three-month emergency ban. In addition, Casper also asked a group of EU data regulators to take action and issue a ruling in 27 member states.
‘For the last several weeks we’ve displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update. After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent.’
Germany Doesn’t Allow WhatsApp To Share Users Data
The Hamburg State Data Protection Agency said it would seek to block users data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. Casper said today that the new WhatsApp terms are invalid because they are opaque, inconsistent, and too broad.
WhatsApp responded saying that Casper’s statement was wrong. Also, it added that the ban would not prevent the introduction of the new terms. In email, it said: ‘The actions of the German regulator are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and effects of this update.’
Earlier this month, WhatsApp published an article on “Privacy and Security” on its official website. It urges users to accept the latest account policies and updated terms before May 15. Casper said that Facebook may have been collecting users data incorrectly. And that it is important to prevent misuse of this information to influence the September German election.