Facebook has once again gotten itself into trouble. As is so often the case, this time too it’s about the – for Facebook – vexed topic of WhatsApp data protection. Hamburg’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar has initiated proceedings against the tech company.
Criticism about data protection at WhatsApp: What’s at stake?
The basis is the European General Data Protection Regulation, which keeps getting in Facebook’s way. The abbreviation DSGVO is probably already hanging out of the ears of those responsible.
WhatsApp is now used by almost 60 million people in Germany and is by far the most-used social media application, ahead of Facebook.
Caspar suspects that Facebook and WhatsApp are abusing their data power. There is reason to believe that the data sharing provisions between WhatsApp and Facebook are illegal, he said.
Data protection at WhatsApp – the sticking point
Thus, users:inside can continue to receive calls and notifications. However, they will no longer be able to read messages or send them themselves.
If they subsequently agree, all functions can be used again. With this carrot-and-stick approach, Facebook hopes to prevent a major wave of churn.
This is how WhatsApp and Facebook react
Facebook now wants to examine the accusations of the Hamburg data protection commissioner. Johannes Caspar’s office is offering the company the opportunity to comment at a hearing.