WhatsApp faces EU taskforce over sharing user data with Facebook

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 27/10/2017 22:20

The European Union’s data regulator group is again focusing its attention on WhatsApp for the messaging app’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, launching a taskforce to implement “a clear, comprehensive resolution” to comply with EU law.

The taskforce has been set up by the pan-European data regulator, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), a year after it first issued a warning to the chat app over its sharing of user data with the wider group of Facebook companies, forcing it to pause data transfer. The taskforce will be lead by the UK’s information commissioner office.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/26/whatsapp-facebook-eu-data-article-29-working-party-taskforce-sharing-user

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EU privacy regulators increase pressure on WhatsApp over data sharing
European Union privacy regulators rapped WhatsApp on the knuckles for not resolving their concerns over the messaging service’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, a year after they first issued a warning.

The popular messaging service changed its privacy policy last year to start sharing users’ phone numbers and other information with Facebook. That drew widespread regulatory scrutiny across Europe, and WhatsApp subsequently suspended the data sharing for EU users.
http://in.reuters.com/article/eu-dataprotection-whatsapp/eu-privacy-regulators-increase-pressure-on-whatsapp-over-data-sharing-idINKBN1CU2VC

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