Germany Halts Facebook Sharing WhatsApp Data
A German regulator has slapped a three-month ban on Facebook collecting user data from WhatsApp accounts and referred the case to an EU watchdog, citing concerns about election integrity.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information sent the order to the social network, which owns the popular messaging service. Hamburg has jurisdiction because Facebook’s German branch is based in the city.
The German authority said in an emergency decision that the terms of that agreement were now null and void in Europe’s top economy for three months.