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German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook “was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power,” says Andreas Mundt of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

Germany’s antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with “far-reaching restrictions” on the social media network’s practice of merging its users’ data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

Source: German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram, WhatsApp : NPR

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Source: EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available within the app under a new section. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

Full article: Privacy at your fingertips: WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats – The Economic Times

Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

Earlier this year, the Italian DPA closed its investigation into WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook. The investigation started in August 2016, after changes to the “terms of service and privacy notice” by WhatsApp.

Those changes were related to the sharing of some information about WhatsApp accounts — such as users’ phone numbers, device information, and “last seen” access — with Facebook for the following purposes: business analysis analytics, system security, and targeted advertising.

Full article: Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears?

Consumer apps such as WhatsApp are widely used by businesses as a free and easy method of mobile communication, but they have a downside – they aren’t fully secure and they aren’t GDPR compliant when used in the work place. In July 2018 WhatsApp was named by mobile device security company, Appthority , as one of the apps most often blacklisted by businesses.

Read article: The app trap: Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears

Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages

A cybersecurity company said it had discovered a flaw in WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with 1.5 billion users, that allows scammers to alter the content or change the identity of the sender of a previously delivered message. WhatsApp, however, says it is still safe, and what Check Point Software discovered was a system operating as it was intended.

Source: Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages – The New York Times

noyb.eu filed complaints against Google, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook

One the first day of GDPR noyb.eu has filed four complaints against Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram over “forced consent”.

Very similar complaints were field with four authorities, to enable European coordination. In addition to the four authorities at the residence of the users, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner will probably get involved in the cases too, as the headquarter of the relevant companies is in Ireland in three cases.

Source: noyb.eu – My Privacy is none of your Business

Facebook fined $33 million for failing to provide user data to Brazil court

The judge fined Facebook for failing to give access in 2016 to WhatsApp messages exchanged by individuals under investigation for defrauding the healthcare system of Brazil’s Amazonas state, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Source: Facebook fined $33 million for failing to aid Brazil graft probe

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 for Europeans ahead of GDPR

Facebook-owned messaging service will demand users confirm they are old enough to use app after raising age limit from 13.

WhatsApp is raising the minimum user age from 13 to 16, potentially locking out large numbers of teenagers as the messaging app looks to comply with the EU’s new data protection rules.

Source: WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 for Europeans ahead of GDPR

WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR

Facebook, its popular messaging app WhatsApp, and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation over how Facebook and WhatsApp share user data.

The ICO today announced that it has closed its investigation and concluded that WhatsApp and Facebook, in fact, cannot and do not share user data for anything other than basic data processing.

The two most significant upshots of this: WhatsApp (and Facebook) will not be fined; and the ICO has gotten WhatsApp to sign an undertaking in which it has committed publicly not to share personal data with Facebook in the future until the two services can do it in a way that is compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR, ICO closes investigation | TechCrunch

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