FACEBOOK has been ordered to stop collecting personal details from its 35 million Whatsapp users in Germany.
It has been told by a privacy regulator that it must stop collecting and storing private data from its German users. When the social network giant bought the instant messaging service two years ago, it promised that data would not be shared between the two platforms.
But the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Caspar, said: “The fact that this is now happening is not only misleading their users and the public, but also constitutes an infringement of national data protection law.”
Facebook’s German headquarters is based in Hamburg and falls under the regulator’s jurisdiction.
The company has vowed to appeal, promising to work with the Hamburg DPA to address any questions or concerns they may have.