Tuesday 21 February 2017

Facebook ordered to stop collecting data from Whatsapp users by German authorities

Published 27/09/2016 | 13:34

German has strict data laws
German has strict data laws

German data protection authorities have ordered Facebook to delete data - including phone numbers - the social media giant has received from its subsidiary WhatsApp.

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Facebook acquired the global messaging service two years ago and announced this summer that WhatsApp would begin sharing the phone numbers of its users within the network as part of a plan to synchronise the two businesses.

However, Hamburg's commissioner for data protection ruled Facebook "neither has obtained an effective approval from the WhatsApp users, nor does a legal basis for the data reception exist".

Facebook, whose German operations are based in Hamburg, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The California-based company has faced repeated challenges in Germany, where there are strict laws on data privacy and intellectual property.

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