Another chapter of the controversy involving the use of data from WhatsApp users by Facebook. However, this is the first time that a country’s government has decided to intervene to ensure the privacy of users’ data. According to a press release, the Commission alleges that, with the change in terms of WhatsApp, Facebook could have access to contact lists of people who are not registered on the social network, which would characterize a violation of German laws. European countries, especially Germany, have strict laws governing data privacy of users of online services and applications, which takes these nations in the opposite direction from the policies practiced by various technology companies.
The imbroglio, according to a government representative, also happens due to the violation of deadlines set by Facebook in this action. “Facebook should ask for this permission in advance, which did not happen“Says Commissioner Johannes Gaspar. In response, the social network said it had complied with the country’s laws and that it plans to work with the country’s agency to come up with a solution that will not harm users.