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WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

The Irish arm of messaging platform WhatsApp recorded an €11.2 million loss last year after setting aside €77.5 million to cover possible fees linked to an investigation undertaken by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

The Data Protection Commission investigation into WhatsApp examined its compliance with Articles 12 to 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to transparency around what information is shared with Facebook.

Source: WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies

Facebook warned that privacy changes coming from Apple could hurt smaller developers such as gaming companies disproportionately but will likely leave its own apps mostly unscathed.

Facebook said it was making a change to its own apps – which in addition to its flagship app also include WhatsApp and Instagram – that would likely spare them from having to ask iPhone users for data-tracking permissions that many advertising industry insiders believe users will refuse.

Source: Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies – Reuters

WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted

A prominent Catholic bishop and a priest in Togo have been told they were targeted by spyware made by the private surveillance firm NSO Group, in the first known case of its kind involving members of the clergy.

WhatsApp announced last year that 1,400 of its users were attacked with the malware, which is made by Israel’s NSO Group, over a two-week period last April.

Source: WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted | Technology | The Guardian

WhatsApp Phone Numbers Pop Up in Google Search Results — But is it a Bug?

A researcher found that phone numbers tied to WhatsApp accounts are indexed publicly on Google Search creating what he claims is a “privacy issue” for users.

But WhatsApp owner Facebook says it is no big deal and that the search results only reveal what the users have chosen to make public anyway. Click to Chat offers websites an easy way to initiate a WhatsApp chat session with website visitors. It works by associating a Quick Response (QR) code image (created via third-party services) to a site owner’s WhatsApp mobile phone number.

The problem, Jayaram said, is that those mobile numbers can also turn up in Google Search results, because search engines index Click to Chat metadata. The phone numbers are revealed as part of a URL string (https://wa.me/<phone_number>) and so, this in effect “leaks” the mobile phone numbers of WhatsApp users in plaintext, according to the researcher’s view.

Source: WhatsApp Phone Numbers Pop Up in Google Search Results — But is it a Bug? | Threatpost

Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions

Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp are in the firing line as Europe’s leading privacy watchdog for US tech giants edges closer to delivering its first major sanctions under the region’s tough data-protection rules.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said on May 22 that it finalised a draft decision linked to a data breach at Twitter and has asked its peers across the European Union for their sign-off.

The regulator said it has also completed a draft decision in a probe of WhatsApp’s transparency around data sharing. The Facebook service will be asked to give its comments on any proposed sanctions before EU counterparts can weigh in.

Source: Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions – The National

Germany′s data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany’s data privacy chief has told federal bodies not to use WhatsApp, amid concerns that it feeds Facebook with data. Ulrich Kelber said it appeared that the government has failed to establish enough safe services.

The Düsseldorf newspaper Handelsblatt said Kelber, previously a Social Democrat (SPD) federal parliamentarian, was reacting to complaints from citizens about the use of WhatsApp by unnamed federal authorities.

Source: Germany′s data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go | News | DW | 17.05.2020

Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Coming Next Year

The Irish Data Protection Commission was due to give its draft decision on a WhatsApp privacy case in December, but it’s now pushed back into early January.

The draft decision was expected to say how big a fine WhatsApp owner Facebook was liable to pay—under the law, potential fines run as high as 4% of global annual revenues. However, a procedural complaint by WhatsApp’s lawyers has now shoved that decision into next year.

Source: GDPR: Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Being Delayed By WhatsApp’s Procedural Concerns | Fortune

Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year

The Irish data protection commissioner expects to issue decisions on investigations into Twitter and Whatsapp by the end of the year, a spokeswoman has said.

However, the effect of any sanction or fine, if issued, would not occur for “months” after that due to statutory examination processes.

Helen Dixon’s office concluded its investigation several weeks ago and is formulating draft decisions, possibly with the inclusion of a sanction, fine or regulatory order for Whatsapp and Twitter to change their own processes.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year – Independent.ie

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019

European privacy investigators expect to complete a lengthy probe into whether Facebook violated the bloc’s tough data protection rules by the end of the year, according to the Irish official who is leading the inquiries.

Decision expected to focus on how WhatsApp shared users’ data with the social networking giant.

Source: EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019 – POLITICO

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