Facebook told to stop collecting German WhatsApp data

Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp.The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that the social network had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million German users.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37485589Also see:Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data
The German data protection agency has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its WhatsApp messenger app and delete any data it has already received.The social network announced in August that it would begin sharing data from its 1 billion-plus user base, including phone numbers, from WhatsApp users with Facebook for the purpose of targeted ads. It gave users the option of opting out of the data being used for advertising purposes, but did not allow them to opt out of the data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/27/germany-orders-facebook-stop-collecting-whatsapp-phone-numbers-user-dataFacebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data
Facebook said it would appeal against an order by a German privacy regulator on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it.The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million users in Germany.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-germany-facebook-idUKKCN11X149Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook [AFP]
German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns.Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant’s 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar recalled in a statement.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11718055

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