Recently, Facebook has been ordered to delete all the data of 35 million users of Whatsapp in Germany. On Tuesday the data protection commissioner of Hamburg, Johannes Caspar said it was illegal for Facebook to use the information of the Whatsapp users. In a statement, Casper also included that Facebook and Whatsapp both are independent companies which hold information of their users according to their terms and conditions along with the data privacy policies too. The acquisition was made of Whatsapp by Facebook two years back. Both parties in the acquisition have publicly announced and assured that no data will be shared between the two companies. According to Casper what is happening now, is not only misleading their users and public but also comprises of an “infringement of national data protection law“. He also added that this sharing of data and whether to connect with their account with Facebook would undoubtedly be aimed and wanted by the users and not the companies themselves. Therefore, it is a responsibility of Facebook to ask their users in advance.

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The world’s biggest social network, Facebook has purchased Whatsapp for $19 billion, which is approximately Rs. 1,26,322 crores. The reason or aim behind it is to stock to reach out to the younger audiences in a fast process. However, it has a European headquarter in Ireland and this company has continuously refused to recognise other jurisdictions in cases of multiple privacies. But a subsidiary is also operated by the company in Hamburg to operate marketing in the regions where people speak Germany language. Therefore it falls under the jurisdiction of Johannes Caspar. In 2014 when the companies merged themselves Whatsapp pledged that no data would be shared between them. But making a U-turn last month they revealed that they would be sharing information with Facebook. However, Casper is concerned about the internet users and stands against them. But he says that according to Facebook, the gigantic data of the users are not yet collected. However, Facebook has said that it would appeal the order and would work with the Hamburg DPA “to address their questions and resolve any concerns.

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In the meantime, earlier this month, Whatsapp was threatened by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV). The reason behind the threatening is that they have been passing information of Whatsapp users to Facebook. They said that they are extremely concerned as the users are losing the ownership of their data. The legal actions now seem to be inevitable as Whatsapp has failed to sign a “cease and desist letter” by September 21. However, in the U. S. the Federal Trade Commission has received complaints from the EPIC i.e. The Electronic Privacy Information Center. A joint meeting will examine this situation.

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