The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered the popular messaging app, WhatsApp to stop sharing the data of their app’s users’ who live in France with Facebook (its parent company), the company has been given one month to stop this.
CNIL states that “while the security purpose seems to be essential to the efficient functioning of the application, it is not the case for the ‘business intelligence’ purpose which aims at improving performances and optimizing the use of the application through the analysis of its users’ behaviour,” .
France’s privacy watchdog seems to disagree with the business intelligence reason and feels that it violates the freedom of their users since they do not have the option of not having their data transferred without uninstalling the app. So basically, even the users that are not on Facebook will have their data transferred to FB and most of us won’t even be aware of it.
CNIL had asked WhatsApp a sample of the French nationals data that was transferred to Facebook to which the company responded that this wasn’t possible as it is located in the US and is therefore “only subject to the legislation of this (US) country,”
Now this is not the first instant where WhatsApp’s data sharing was depreciated, last September Germany ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and Facebook has even agreed to stop collecting WhatsApp user data in the UK.