Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

WhatsApp will not share data with Facebook

WhatsApp will not share data with Facebook

The European Union's new stronger, unified data protection laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into force on 25 May 2018, after more than six years in the making.

WhatsApp, the messaging app acquired by Facebook for $19.3 billion in February 2014, has agreed with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) not to share user data with its overbearing parent following an investigation that concluded that it would be illegal.

The investigation that started back in 2016 and has ended only a couple of months ahead of the GDPR rules has resulted in an undertaking on part of WhatsApp that has promised to pause data sharing with Facebook for the company's product and advertisement purposes.

However, she found that no data had yet been shared, and therefore would not be fining the company. Both UK and France respective rulings are in early cases on a country level.

The agreement between WhatsApp and the ICO will stand until the GDPR, a new set of regulations created to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union, goes into effect. This does not, however, prevent it sharing data in the U.S. or other non-European countries.

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"People have a right to have their personal data kept safe, only used in ways that are properly explained to them, and for certain uses of their data, to which they expressly consent", Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said Wednesday.

Had WhatsApp given Facebook user data to "improve" users Facebook feeds with more relevant ads, then it would have broken the Data Protection Act and may have been fined up to £500,000 ($697,500). The technical term for such sharing is that WhatsApp can use Facebook as a data processor.

She noted that concerns about possible inappropriate data sharing were raised by media reports, civil society groups and data protection authorities globally as a result of WhatsApp updating its terms and conditions and privacy policy. "I would also like to stress that signing an undertaking is not the end of e story and I will closely monitor WhatsApp's adherence to it", said Denham.

WhatsApp said in a statement given to INQ: "WhatsApp cares deeply about the privacy of our users".

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