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Germany bans Facebook from collecting WhatsApp user data

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A German regulator on May 11 issued a three-month ban on Facebook’s collection of user data from WhatsApp accounts.

Along with that, at the same time, the case was referred to the European Union’s (EU) supervisory agency, citing concerns about affecting the upcoming parliamentary elections in Germany.

According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Germany, the Hamburg State Data Protection Commissioner’s Office – where Facebook has a branch in Germany, has sent a ban to the social network that owns the popular messaging service WhatsApp. Since the beginning of this year, when running the WhatsApp software, a window will automatically pop up.

The first page says that WhatsApp is updating its terms of use and data protection regulations, which states first: WhatsApp cannot read or listen to chats because they are encrypted, and second: WhatsApp is making it easier to talk to businesses.

Next, the second page says that WhatsApp is updating its terms of use and data protection policy, which states that WhatsApp does not change the privacy of private chats, but adds information on how to do so. can chat with the business as desired and how the business can manage the chat sections of the users.

The special thing is that at the bottom of page 2 there is only “agree” button and the user cannot do otherwise. If you do not agree to the new update, starting May 15, the use of WhatsApp may experience problems, such as not being able to receive or send messages, even if the account is not deleted or disabled.

In short, WhatsApp requires users to agree to their new policy to be able to continue using the service after May 15, in which the update will allow more information to be shared from WhatsApp with Facebook. and other apps like Instagram and Messenger (such as contacts and profile data), except for encrypted chat content.

According to a notice from the Hamburg State Data Protection Commissioner’s Office, the terms of the above agreement will be invalidated in Germany for three months, and the office will refer the case to the European Data Protection Authority. The EU’s independent body enforces the rules throughout the bloc.

According to Hamburg State Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Caspar, Facebook’s past data protection breaches as well as the September general election in Germany show the danger of “mass building of user profiles”. may be taken advantage of.

He stressed that the ruling was made to protect the rights and freedoms of millions of users across Germany.

The official is concerned not only with privacy, but that records could be used to “influence voter choices and manipulate democratic decisions”.

Currently in Germany there are about 60 million users of WhatsApp, the most popular chat application in the country today.

However, in response to the above ban, a spokesman for WhatsAppasserted that the ban was made without a valid basis and was based on a “fundamental misunderstanding” about the purpose and effect of the update. Therefore, the ban will not affect the continued rollout of the update.

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