What you need to know
- Germany has banned Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data.
- Facebook's previous data protection scandals, such as Cambridge Analytica, are being raised as potential concerns, especially as Germany heads towards federal elections later this summer.
In a press release shared on Tuesday, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information argued that Facebook had no legal basis for processing WhatsApp user data, noting that "the contents [of the new policy] are misleading and show considerable contradictions" and that "consent is not freely given, since WhatsApp demands acceptance of the new provisions as a condition for the continued use of the service's functionalities."
Johannes Caspar, Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, said in comments:
Naturally, Facebook disputes this characterization of events.Android Central understands the company plans to explore its options for appealing the order while cooperating with any European Data Protection Board investigation that may follow.
When reached for comment, a WhatsApp spokesperson gaveAndroid Central the following:
At least they had the balls to do some about this. Good for them.
Umm... You might want to edit the first sentence in the article..... 😬
Lol! Oh please for the love keep it. It's SO good!
I had to read it a few times just to make sure I was not seeing things. Yep, I love it
Best editing fail yet, and we get a lot of them lol.
😆 he said ******** 😆 absolutely hilarious 🤣.
If it wasn't for facebook what would the sheep (weak minded) of the world do to communicate?
Facebook or the idea at least is a good thing, it has allowed people to stay in contact easier and also allowed people who have lost contact to contact other each other again.
Sure things are not perfect, no doubt it has been the cause of arguments and relationship breakups, but that is life. Facebook the company is the problem, they seem to think they can do what they like and don't give a monkey about privacy,
I don't use Facebook as much as I used to, but I still find it useful
Most of my contacts are in Germany, so, good for them. I still managed today to move my family and a few friends to Signal. 💪 I give the rest of the bunch a couple more weeks then whatsapp will be gone from my life and that abomination Facebook as well!
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