News of WhatsApp’s controversial policy changes regarding data collection related to Facebook has been causing a stir since WhatsApp attempted to issue a final warning regarding data collection. In the latest news, WhatsApp will slowly stop features of the app until users agree to the new terms. In the latest development, Facebook is facing trial from German regulators.
In a new publication written by Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Security and Freedom of Information in Germany outlines the problems with WhatsApp’s updated policy on privacy. Caspar says the issues are not legal under the GDPR rules set for all companies that hold data about customers, users or employees. The following is an excerpt from a translation translated from German:
The rules for data transfer are scattered across different stages of data protection notification, which are vague and difficult to distinguish between European and international versions. In addition, their content is misleading and contains significant inconsistencies. Even after a detailed analysis, it is not possible to see what effects consent will have on users. Also, new terms do not require WhatsApp approval as a condition of continuing to use the Services’ functions.
Caspar issued a three-month emergency ban that banned Facebook from continuing to collect data and asked the EU data regulators to follow Germany’s actions throughout the EU.
Facebook denies Caspar’s claims Bloomberg And states that this does not preclude the release of new policy. It calls the German regulators’ response “based on a fundamental misunderstanding” of what the update wants to do.
Since the initial release of the new policy, the demand for other messaging applications has increased. Both Telegram and Signal have seen a growing acceptance of new users. Facebook has been widely criticized for its new policy changes and the cross-cutting of information between brands has become inevitable since Facebook acquired the news app in 2014.