WhatsApp and Facebook to face EU information taskforce

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WhatsApp and Facebook will be scrutinised by a information insurance taskforce, after they were indicted of “non-compliance” with EU laws.

The regulators took emanate with a messaging app’s devise to share user information with primogenitor association Facebook.

A organisation of watchdogs and regulators from EU nations, famous as a Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, pronounced WhatsApp had not bound issues raised.

WhatsApp and Facebook have nonetheless to respond to a BBC’s ask for comment.

Facebook bought a messaging app in 2014 and affianced to keep it eccentric from a amicable network.

However, in Aug 2016, it announced plans to share user information with a primogenitor association to offer adult “friend suggestions” and “more applicable ads”.

At a time, a pierce was criticised by a UK’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who pronounced she did not trust a organisation had performed current agree from a users.

In a newest minute to WhatsApp arch executive Jan Koum, a Working Party pronounced “the information presented to users was severely deficient as a means to surprise their consent”.

It said:

  • the pop-up notice on WhatsApp did not make it transparent that users’ personal information would be common with Facebook
  • WhatApp gave a “misleading impression” to users by observant a remoteness process had been updated to “reflect new features”
  • that regulating a pre-ticked check box to accept a new terms did not prove “unambiguous consent”
  • the association unsuccessful to offer “sufficiently granular user controls” to let people opt out of information sharing

Both Facebook and WhatsApp have been invited to accommodate with a taskforce, that will be led by a UK’s information commissioner.