When WhatsApp announced that they were being bought by Facebook, the company said that nothing would change and that data would not be shared with Facebook.
Last month Facebook and WhatsApp announced that WhatsApp Data would be shared with it new owner.
Now the data protecting authority in Hamburg, Germany has ruled that WhatsApp has to stop sharing its user data with Facebook without their consent.
“The arrangement protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany. It has to be their respective decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook. This requires Facebook to ask permission beforehand. This has not happened,” he said (translated from German via Google Translate).
“In addition there are many millions of people whose contact details were uploaded from the address books of users WhatsApp, without requiring them to have something to do with Facebook or WhatsApp.
According to a recent report by TechCrunch, Facebook will appeal the ruling in Germany, bit for the moment they have to stop collecting data from its users in Germany.
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