The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has imposed a three-month ban prohibiting Facebook from gathering and processing German WhatsApp users’data.
The data commissioner also listed several concerns over the new terms and conditions that may broaden Facebooks’ data processing capability by allowing the company to access more user information.
“This concerns, among other things, the processing of location information, the transfer of communication data of users to third-party companies explicitly with reference to Facebook, the additional purpose of ensuring the integrity of the services, and the cross-company verification of the account in order to use the service in an ’appropriate manner,’” the HmbBfDIexplained.
WhatsApp denied these allegations. A company statement said the data regulator’s ruling “is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and effect of WhatsApp’s update and therefore has no legitimate basis.” WhatsApp said the update is not related to an increase in data sharing and processing, and extends only to messages between customers and businesses.
Despite the allegations and ban, WhatsApp said it would not delay the scheduled rollout of its update.