Germany has decided to step in as the country's lead data protection regulator has temporarily banned Facebook from processing personal data from WhatsApp.
Germany Bans Facebook for Collecting Data from WhatsApp Users
As per a report from Reuters, Germany's lead data protection regulator went ahead and opened urgent proceedings against Facebook last month and has now ordered the social network to stop processing personal data from WhatsApp users. The regulator sees the new terms as illegal. The regulator is also invoking the powers that the GDPR has granted to impose a three-month ban on Facebook's data collection practice through WhatsApp. This decision comes in a few days before WhatsApp's May 15th deadline of accepting the new terms.
In addition to that, the Data Protection Authority will also seek an EU-wide ruling at the European Data Protection board.
On the other hand, WhatsApp is still suggesting that the action was taken by the data protection authority "rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and effect of its update, and therefore had no legitimate basis.” Additionally, WhatsApp still plans on going ahead with the update of the new policies and claims that the claims made by Data Protection Authorities are wrong.