- Germany has barred Facebook from processing personal data from WhatsApp users.
- The country’s lead data protection regulator has also called WhatsApp’s new terms of service “illegal”.
Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany said that Facebook has no legal basis for processing WhatsApp user data. The report also claimed that the content of the new policy is misleading and show considerable contradictions.
WhatsApp in its defence has said that the data regulator has misunderstood the purpose and effect of WhatsApp's update. "Our recent update explains the options people have to message a business on WhatsApp and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data. As the Hamburg DPA's claims are wrong, the order will not impact the continued roll-out of the update. We remain fully committed to delivering secure and private communications for everyone," the spokesperson said in a statement.