Facebook owns WhatsApp and there have been concerns over data being shared between the two companies. The popular messaging service has now reached an agreement with UK regulators and will not share any user data with Facebook in the UK.
WhatsApp has come to an agreement with the Information Commissioners Office in the UK, the ICO has been investigating both companies since 2016 and how they shared data with each other. WhatsApp has now agreed not to share data with Facebook.
I am pleased to state that WhatsApp has now signed an ‘undertaking’ wherein they have given a public commitment not to share personal data with Facebook until they can do so in compliance with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in May this year. I reached the conclusion that an undertaking was the most effective regulatory tool for me to use, given the circumstances of the case. As WhatsApp has assured us that no UK user data has ever been shared with Facebook (other than as a ‘data processor’, as explained below), I would not be able to meet the criteria for issuing a civil monetary penalty under the Data Protection Act.
You can find out full details about the agreement with the Information Commission Office over at their website at the link below.