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:
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