Earlier last year, WhatsApp changed its user policy to allow the application to share its data with the parent company Facebook. However, following the announcement, the move attracted a lot of attention from different European Countries which claimed that the change in data policy wasn’t transparent at the time. Since then, several regulatory committees have asked Facebook to stop the practice without getting users’ consent. And now, one of Europe’s strictest privacy watchdogs has given the popular messaging service a month to stop sharing user data with the parent company without necessary consent.
The regulatory committee CNIL wrote in its website that it has “decided to make this formal notice public in order to ensure the highest level of transparency on the massive data transfer from WhatsApp to Facebook Inc. and thus to alert to the need for individuals concerned to keep their data under control.”
While we will have to wait and see to find out if Facebook complies with the latest rule as the regulator clarified later that if the company decides not to honor the regulator’s notice, the social networking giant might face hefty fines going forward.