Last week, I posted an article that covered GDRP and looks like things are hotting up. This month, European Union Data Protection representatives continued to challenge data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. They want WhatsApp to stop sharing their user data with Facebook. And very interesting response by WhatsApp CEO.
"Dear Mr Koum (CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp)
On 14 November 2016, WhatsApp replied to the letter sent by the Chairwoman of the WP29 on 27 October 2016.
The WP29 also notes that WhatsApp confirms that it has refrained from sharing of EU user account information within the Facebook "family of companies" for it to use for the purposes of improving Facebook products and advertising experiences.
On this point, the WP29 remains concerned that data exchange does still take place between WhatsApp and Facebook, for purposes other than “improving Facebook products and advertising experience”.
The WP29 calls upon WhatsApp to provide precise clarification in this respect and reasserts its concerns regarding the potential impact of the sharing of information between WhatsApp and Facebook for millions of EU data subjects using those services."
Ivan Fernandes, Founder and Managing Director at Digital Business Partners