Germany, Hamburg: Privacy watchdogs have massively criticized the dominant tech-industry giant WhatsApp for an unfair data sharing policy with Facebook.
The popular instant messaging service had claimed to retain users’ data for sharing it with social network Facebook last month. The company stated that collected data would be utilized for improving analytics and targeted advertisements. However, the data protection commissioner of Hamburg “Johannes Caspar” has taken a stand and stated that the instant messaging company had not acquired an approval before imposing data sharing policy.
“This administrative order protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany. It has to be their decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook. Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened.”
Privacy Activist of Germany, “Johannes Caspar”
In addition to this, various pro-privacy organizations including France’s data protection authority and European privacy regulators have expressed their concerns over WhatsApp’s data sharing agreement. Also, privacy regulators have confirmed that they will actively monitor data distribution activity between two companies, as currently, they don’t have authority to put a ban on the agreement entirely.
Considering the situation, the dominant social network and WhatsApp’s parent company “Facebook” has responded that it complies with EU data protection laws, and it will appeal privacy activists’ order for answering their concerns and queries.
However, users around the world are bothered with WhatsApp’s latest policy that strikes their rights to protect privacy. Thousands of subscribers are enquiring on different social networking platforms that are their data safe with the newly imposed policy? And if there’s a way to step back from data sharing agreement?
To answer users’ query, we with this affirm that WhatsApp has already disabled the pop-up feature to ignore data sharing policy. Meaning that now users will only be able to use WhatsApp by agreeing upon data sharing plan. At this moment, we can say that users may choose WhatsApp alternatives such as Viber, Messenger, Line, We Chat and others that don’t follow data distribution guidelines.