According to an order from Hamburg Data Protection Officer Johannes Kaspar, Facebook is no longer permitted at first to process personal data from Germany’s Whatsapp messenger. The body responsible for Facebook in Germany announced, on Tuesday, that there is no sufficient legal basis for this.
Securing the rights and freedoms of users
Whatsapp announced this in January – thus sparking global outrage, which is why Whatsapp postponed its entry into force until May. If users do not agree, they will no longer be able to use the service. Whatsapp is sticking to this despite criticism from privacy advocates. They complained that the consent was neither transparent nor voluntary. Messenger competitors like Telegram and Signal have recently seen strong growth.(Reuters)
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