Facebook to Appeal German Order on WhatsApp Data

Facebook has said it would request against an order by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was trespassing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million users in Germany. “After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly guaranteed that data will not be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.