German consumer demands that WhatsApp given adapt policies

Sep

19

2016

German consumer organization Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband has demanded that WhatsApp adjusts its data policy towards data sharing with Facebook. Whatsapp has until September 21 to come up with a withdrawal statement.

Facebook Whatsapp The company does not, then it will ‘Marktwächter’ team of the organization investigate whether there might be a solution through the courts. Due to a change in the law would include recently also able to intervene a consumer when a company collects illegal users and store data, so writes the organization in a press release.

WhatsApp has at various points unlawful behavior, says the team. For example, the service uses an opt-out for the collection of data for the improvement of ads on Facebook. However, users should be given the opportunity to consent before data processing takes place. In addition, according to the consumer also telephone numbers of users who do not use WhatsApp transmitted to Facebook.

In addition, WhatsApp users would have no effective way to prevent the transfer of their data to Facebook. Because even though they give to see through the opt-out that they are not “enhanced commercials” on Facebook, other data will be shared, the team writes. Klaus Müller, director of the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, find the WhatsApp his earlier promise has not been fulfilled. In 2014, the company said, which is that his service would always remain independent. In late August announced however WhatsApp to enter data with Facebook share.

The organization has previously been able to through the courts accessible to WhatsApp terms and conditions had to offer in German. Privacy Regulators have in Europe and the US declared to be “vigilant” about the new WhatsApp policy. The Dutch Authority for Personal Data said it would not carry out their own research.

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