Germany bans Facebook from processing data collected via WhatsApp
No basis for processing of personal data of WhatsApp users by Facebook, says regulator statement
A German regulator on Tuesday prohibited Facebook from processing personal data collected via its WhatsApp messaging app.
In a statement, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said the decision was made under an urgent procedure of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding that the “order is immediately enforceable."
"There is no basis for processing of personal data of WhatsApp users by Facebook for their own purpose," the statement read.
"The aim is to prevent disadvantages and damage associated with such a black-box procedure."
In January, WhatsApp forced many users to agree to new privacy rules for sharing personal data with Facebook companies but after facing a large backlash postponed the step till May 15.
Turkey also suspended the new rules and opened an investigation into the firm.