Hamburg’s top data protection official has banned Facebook from using WhatsApp customer data, citing concerns over the “mass building” of user profiles that could be exploited. Facebook says it will appeal the move.
Johannes Caspar, data protection commissioner in Hamburg, the city where Facebook has its German headquarters, issued an order banning the social media giant from processing German users’ WhatsApp data for three months.
“It is important to prevent disadvantages and damages associated with such a black box procedure.”
California-based Facebook said that it is mulling its legal options and plans to appeal.
What is WhatsApp’s new data policy?
WhatsApp users worldwide have been asked to agree to new terms and conditions by May 15 that grant Facebook sweeping access to private data.
The company, which counts 60 million users in Germany, is encouraging its 1.5 billion users globally to update the app as soon as possible.