France’s ultra-strict privacy watchdog CNIL has issued formal notice to WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with Facebook within a month. WhatsApp Given Period of 1 Month to Stop Facebook Data Transfers .
WhatsApp Given Period of 1 Month to Stop Facebook Data Transfers
Last year in September Germany ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and in the UK, Facebook agreed to stop collecting WhatsApp user data in November of last year.
The CNIL’s oder said:
“While the security purpose seems to be essential to the efficient functioning of the application, it is not the case for the “business intelligence” purpose which aims at improving performances and optimizing the use of the application through the analysis of its users’ behavior. The Chair of the CNIL considered that the data transfer from WHATSAPP to FACEBOOK Inc. for this “business intelligence” purpose is not based on the legal basis required by the Data Protection Act for any processing. In particular, neither the users’ consent nor the legitimate interest of WHATSAPP can be used as arguments in this case.”
The CNIL said that WhatsApp’s intention of improving security measures was valid but the app’s business intelligence reason was not acceptable. However WhatsApp never told its users that it was collecting data for business intelligence.
But it is still not clear that how much time Facebook and WhatsApp will take to respond.