EU watchdog rejects call to ban Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data


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EU watchdog rejects call to ban Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data

July 15, 2021

DUBLIN (Reuters) – A European Union privacy watchdog rejected a contact by Germany’s guide information protection regulator for an EU-extensive ban on Facebook’s (FB.O) processing of personal info from its WhatsApp subsidiary but informed the social network’s guide EU regulator in Ireland to look into.

The regulator in the city-condition of Hamburg declared in May that it was banning the social community from processing individual details from WhatsApp people for the reason that it views the messaging app’s new conditions of use as unlawful.

WhatsApp claimed the motion had no genuine basis and would not effects the rollout of the update.

The 3-month freeze on WhatsApp’s collection of consumer information could be prolonged by the European Information Defense Board (EDPB), a discussion board that teams regulators from the bloc’s 27 member states.

The EDPB claimed on Thursday that the circumstances to exhibit the existence of an infringement had not been satisfied and that it decided that no last steps require to be adopted in opposition to Fb.

But it extra that because of to contradictions, ambiguities and uncertainties noted in WhatsApp’s user-struggling with facts, it was not in a place to establish with certainty which processing operations Facebook was carrying out and in which capability.

There was also not enough information to establish with certainty whether or not Fb experienced currently started to course of action WhatsApp user data for its own uses of internet marketing communications and direct marketing.

It hence requested Ireland’s Knowledge Security Commissioner (DPC) to open a statutory investigation as a issue of precedence.

The Irish DPC leads oversight of Fb mainly because the company’s European headquarters are dependent in Ireland.

It experienced 14 important inquiries into Fb and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries open as of the close of last yr.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin modifying by Jason Neely)

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