21 December 2017

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CNIL orders WhatsApp to stop sharing data with Facebook

CNIL orders WhatsApp to stop sharing data with Facebook
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Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014.

On August 25, 2016, WhatsApp released a new version of its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy where it explained that "from now on, its users' data is transferred to Facebook for three purposes: targeted advertising, security and evaluation and improvement of services (business intelligence)"

CNIL had asked WhatsApp to provide a sample of the French users' data transferred to Facebook.

"The company explained that it could not supply the sample requested by the CNIL since it is located in the US, it considers that it is only subject to the legislation of this (US) country,"

Concerned over data privacy of its citizens, France's privacy watchdog Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with the parent company Facebook within a month.

In a statement CNIL said If WhatsApp fails to comply with the formal notice within the specified time scale, the Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) may issue a sanction against the company.

CNIL considered that the data transfer for "business intelligence" purpose is not based on the legal basis required by the Data Protection Act for any processing.

It then decided to send a formal public notice in order to ensure the highest level of transparency on the massive data transfer from WhatsApp to Facebook Inc. and, thus, to alert to the need for individuals concerned to keep their data under control.

Germany has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and court upheld it.

Facebook also agreed to stop collecting WhatsApp user data in the UK.

Indian system is slow, and nothing will happen.

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Tags – Facebook WhatsApp Data Share Collection