WhatsApp banned from processing user data by Germany's lead data regulator
Ahead of the controversial May 15 deadline to accept Facebook's update privacy terms for WhatsApp, a regulator has reportedly barred the parent company from processing the data of WhatsApp users in the country.
The Hamburg data protection agency (DPA) has now barred Facebook from processing data from users of its subsidiary company WhatsApp’s service, according to Reuters. The country’s highest data protection agency has also termed the company’s new terms of service that it is imposing on users as “illegal”, after investigating the service for around a month. We had recently reported that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) had called the policy exploitative and exclusionary and ordered a probe into the matter.
“As the Hamburg DPA’s claims are wrong, the order will not impact the continued roll-out of the update. We remain fully committed to delivering secure and private communications for everyone,” a company spokesperson told Reuters. The company was likely referring to its previous statement that the updated terms would not impact resident of the European Union, as usage and handling of their personal data was governed by the stringent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy rules.