The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has issued an administrative order which prohibits Facebook with immediate effect from collecting and storing data of Germany's 35 million WhatsApp users. Facebook has also been ordered to delete any historic data in relation to German users which it has stored from WhatsApp.
Despite this acknowledgement from WhatsApp, the German data protection agency has stated that the sharing of data between the two platforms is 'misleading to their users and the public, but also constitutes an infringement of na tional data protection law'. Without any formal legal basis for accessing WhatsApp data or obtaining approval from the users of the app, Facebook will be prohibited from accessing data from the app.
What does this mean?
To access The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information order click here