Tuesday, 19 December 2017

CNIL Orders WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with Facebook without consent

Whatsapp messenger with parent company Facebook will likely get sanctions if the company refuse to stop sharing of user data.

The French data protection agency, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libert├ęs (CNIL), make a proclamation on Monday that WhatsApp has no legal basis to share user data under French law for “business intelligence” purposes. Therefore, the messaging app must cease to sharing user data within a month.

however, if the company wish to share users data attention should be paid to obtaining users’ consent before doing that.This was after the watchdog statement that WhatsApp has no right to to share user data without obtained user consent and this has violated its obligation to cooperate with CNIL.

“The only way to refuse the data transfer for ‘business intelligence’ purpose is to uninstall the application,” the CNIL said in a statement.

However, CNIL said that it considers the transfer of some data for security purposes to be legal, but that the sharing of non-essential information to improve the function of the app was not as users were not given the possibility to opt out.

European Union privacy regulators in October rapped WhatsApp on the issue of data sharing with Facebook and this lead to a fined  €110m (£94m) in May for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp

However, WhatsApp said in a statement: “Privacy is incredibly important to WhatsApp. It’s why we collect very little data, and encrypt every message.

“We will continue to work with the CNIL to ensure users understand what information we collect, as well as how it’s used. And we’re committed to resolving the different, and at times conflicting, concerns we’ve heard from European Data Protection Authorities with a common EU approach before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018".

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