The British Data Protection Agency ICO announced today that it will investigate has concluded and concludes that WhatsApp and Facebook are in fact no user data for others
The two main consequences: WhatsApp (and Facebook) are not fined; and ICO has led WhatsApp to sign a letter of commitment in which the company publicly undertakes not to disclose personal information to Facebook in the future until the two services can do so in a manner consistent with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation ( DSGVO).
“The GDPR does not prevent a company from disclosing personal information – it just needs to follow the law,” writes Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who has also posted her own letter to WhatsApp as part of her blog post.
The GDPR is a far-reaching privacy framework that gives individuals essentially more control over how and where their data is used across digital services. It will enter into force throughout the European Union in May 2018, leading to a major change in the privacy of digital services.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $ 16 billion. At that time, it was promised that the user data would not be mixed.