Spain’s data protection agency says it will investigate whether the recently announced exchange of personal data between WhatsApp and Facebook meets Spanish data protection legislation.
The watchdog body said it will study what information collected from Whatsapp users is sent to Facebook, for what purpose, how long it is kept and what options customers are offered if they wish to object.
It said it will coordinate with its counterparts in Germany, Italy and Britain, which have announced similar probes.
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Facebook took over the Whatsapp messaging service two years ago and announced recently that WhatsApp would begin sharing user data with the social network as part of a program to synchronize the two businesses. The agency announced its investigation in a statement Wednesday.
Facebook and WhatsApp facing trouble over this data-sharing in Germany as well. The German Privacy watchdog has ordered Facebook to delete whatever data it has received from WhatsApp. Unlike India where there are no specific privacy laws to deal with user data and how it shared, stored, etc, Germany has strict data privacy laws.
With AP inputs