Facebook-WhatsApp data-sharing plan blocked by UK watchdog

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Facebook has been prevented from making use of UK citizens' WhatsApp data for purposes beyond the chat app itself.

The firm had announced in 2016 that it intended to tap into its subsidiary's records to give better friend suggestions and show more relevant ads.

However, the UK's information commissioner said this would have breached existing data protection laws.

The US firm has now promised not to access the information until it becomes compliant with a new set of rules.

This is a reference to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May.

The legislation introduces new rules, including giving individuals the right to know the information an organisation holds about them - including data obtained from others.

Privacy 'violation'

At present, Facebook refuses to share so-called "shadow profile" information it has gathered about people via their friends and acquaintances.


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