Facebook suspends WhatsApp data sharing across Europe


Facebook’s plan to incorporate WhatsApp user’s data in its platform received many restrictions in India. Though WhatsApp was ordered by the Delhi HC to quit sharing information and data with Facebook, the court case is still on wheels. However, the social networking giant, Facebook, failed against the pressure of Europe.

According to a report, Facebook has ‘paused’ gathering WhatsApp user data across Europe after getting extreme pressure from EU data protection authorities.

The suspension was affirmed by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which said it would take “appropriate action” after it investigated the “nature of the notice and data conveyed to clients of the WhatsApp benefit preceding their settling on a decision to either keep utilizing WhatsApp or to drop their record”.

In August, WhatsApp announced that it will share client’s account information with its Parent company in order to improve the ads, products, as well as the notification experiences on the social media. Though the company offered ways to opt out of sharing account details, privacy experts continued to press the two companies.

In late October, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which is involved the security pioneers from each of the EU’s 28 countries, cautioned WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum that it had “genuine worries” about changes to the informing application’s terms of administration.

EU further said, “WP29 also questions the effectiveness of control mechanisms offered to users to exercise their rights and the effects that the data sharing will have on people that are not a user of any other service within the Facebook family of companies.”

“We hope to continue our detailed conversations with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and other data protection officials, and we remain open to working collaboratively to address their questions,” said the Social Media giant Facebook.

According to the latest information, the services have been temporarily paused. Once Facebook enhances “quality of the notice and information delivered to users,” the EU will again be asked to agree to share their data.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk