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German justice upholds WhatsApp-Facebook information send ban


Facebook contingency obtain a accede of German users of WhatsApp before estimate their personal data, a German justice reliable on Tuesday.

Last August, Facebook auxiliary WhatsApp altered a remoteness process to concede a send of a users’ personal information to Facebook for processing. That hurt a Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, that in Sep ordered a companies to stop a transfer until they had performed users’ consent, and to undo any information they had already transferred.


Facebook challenged a sequence in Hamburg’s executive court, and on Tuesday a justice handed down a ruling.

The justice inspected a Commissioner’s requirement to obtain consent, though threw out a sequence to undo a information on procedural grounds.

Facebook skeleton to interest a court’s ruling. “WhatsApp designed a remoteness process and terms refurbish to approve with germane law,” pronounced a Facebook spokeswoman.

But even that interest won’t settle a matter, as it usually concerns an hindrance sequence done by a Commissioner to hindrance Facebook’s actions until it can inspect them in some-more detail. Facebook is enchanting with a regulator to residence a questions, a mouthpiece said.

The box promises to be a wily one: The justice pronounced that it was not transparent either German information insurance law practical to WhatsApp — though that if it did, WhatsApp’s agree declarations would infer deficient to comply.

The Commissioner is seeking to strengthen a interests of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany, it said.