Spokesman Max Schrems has confirmed that he will continue to monitor compliance on a daily basis.
When Mark Zuckerberg bought WhatsApp in 2014, he had no idea that today, in 2021, he would be accountable for it. Indeed, the grouping of European CNILs requires an in-depth investigation into sharing data between WhatsApp and Facebook. If their suspicions prove correct, marrying user data in this way would represent a severe flaw in the GDPR (general data protection regulation).
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Since the start of the year, Facebook and WhatsApp have been singled out for potentially pooling the data of their subscribers. This resulted in rejecting and scaring away millions of users to other messaging platforms (Signal, Telegram, etc.). WhatsApp recently embarked on a privacy-focused campaign in Germany and the UK to appease hearts and evil tongues. The platform thus strives to end scandals by reassuring users that their data is well secured via end-to-end encryption. It guarantees that the confidentiality and security of messages and personal calls made remain unaffected. Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can decrypt, listen to and read them.
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To put Facebook and WhatsApp up against the wall, the European CNILs based their complaints according to the clauses of the GDPR. If their request is successful and their suspicions are confirmed, Facebook faces a fine of up to 4% of its global revenue.
How did we get here? Initially, the Irish CNIL, affiliated with WhatsApp, was conciliatory to the latter’s new messaging rules. However, this position has pushed the CNIL of Hamburg to its limits. The latter then caused a scandal by issuing an explosive order pointing to the Facebook and WhatsApp groups’ non-respect for users’ privacy. This report then aroused the interest of the EDPS, who in turn submitted the request for a said in-depth examination.
For the moment, the investigation is underway, and we are waiting to hear the echoes.