WhatsApp and Facebook to Face Data Taskforce after they were accused of "non-compliance" with EU laws.

WhatsApp and Facebook will be scrutinized by a data protection taskforce,
After they were accused of “non-compliance” with EU laws.

The regulators took issue with the messaging app’s plan to share user data with parent company Facebook.

According to the regulators from EU nations, known as the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, WhatsApp had not fixed the issues that were raised.

Facebook brought the messaging app in 2014 and promised to keep WhatsApp independent from its social network. Later, in August 2016, Facebook announced plans to share user data with its parent company to offer up “ friend suggestions” and “more relevant ads”.

The UK’s information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham criticized the move and said that she has not believe the firm had acquired valid permission from its users.
In newest letter to WhatsApp chief executive Jan Koum, the Working Party said “ the information presented to users was seriously deficient as a means to inform their consent”.
- The pop-up notice on WhatsApp did not make it clear that users’ personal data would be shared with Facebook 
- WhatsApp gave a “misleading impression” to users by saying the privacy policy has been updated to “reflect new features”

That using a pre-ticked check box to accept the new terms did ot indicate “ unambiguous consent”
The company failed to offer” sufficiently granular user controls” to let people opt out of data sharing
Both Facebook and WhatsApp have been invited to meet with the taskforce, which will be led by the UK’s information commissioner. (BBC)

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