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rt : WhatsApp asked by European regulators to pause sharing user data with Facebook

EU privacy regulators demands that WhatsApp suspend data sharing with Facebook — RT News

EU privacy regulators demands that WhatsApp suspend data sharing with Facebook — RT News

A pan-European privacy watchdog has expressed serious concerns over WhatsApp sharing users’ personal data with Facebook and asked it to cease data processing until the end of its investigation.It also warned Yahoo over a 2014 data breach.Recent changes in WhatsApp’s privacy policy allowing it to “share information within the ‘Facebook family of companies’ for a range of purposes that include marketing and advertising” have become a source of “serious concern,” Article 29 Working Party (WP29), a pan-European privacy watchdog composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities and the European Commission, wrote in a letter sent to the messenger company and published on Thursday.

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WhatsApp asked by European regulators to pause sharing user data with Facebook

WhatsApp asked by European regulators to pause sharing user data with Facebook

WhatsApp has been warned by the pan-European privacy watchdogs over its sharing of information with Facebook and asked to pause the transfer of personal data.The gathered European Union data protection authorities, collectively known as the Article 29 Working Party, said they had serious concerns over WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy change and the sharing of user phone numbers with its parent company Facebook.Article 29 said that it had “requested WhatsApp to communicate all relevant information to the Working Party as soon as possible and urged the company to pause the sharing of users’ data until the appropriate legal protections could be assured” in a letter sent to the messaging service.

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