Germany bans WhatsApp


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Germany bans WhatsApp

The words Facebook and data collection are included in the same sentence almost every day. The social media giant, which has recently been in trouble with Apple’s security policies, is now at odds with Germany.

Days before the introduction of the new user contract, the social media giant, which was caught up in German law, was fined for having no legal basis for collecting data. The company will not be able to collect personal data via WhatsApp for 3 months.

A German regulator recently launched an investigation into WhatsApp, stating that WhatsApp’s new user agreement has no legal basis. Facebook, which was convicted in the investigation, was banned from processing data obtained via WhatsApp in Germany for three months.

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“This restraining order aims to guarantee the rights and freedoms of millions of users across Germany who consent to the terms of use,” Johannes Caspar, Head of Personal Data Protection at the state of Hamburg, said in a statement, noting that there is not enough legal basis for Facebook to process user data.

Caspar said he would use extraordinary powers in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to force Facebook to suspend WhatsApp user data for three months, adding that in the process it would ask the European Union to make a general decision on user data.

In a statement, Facebook condemned Caspar’s claims. The problem stemmed only from a misunderstanding, the company said, adding that the ban was an unfair practice. The company, which will launch its new WhatsApp user agreement on May 15, was already having problems with data privacy. However, these problems and possible EU intervention are expected to make things more difficult.

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