It remains to be seen whether the new terms and conditions can be implemented as announced, because the Hamburg data protection officer Johannes Caspar has now opened proceedings against Facebook in Germany, as reported by «Spiegel “German News”». He wanted to ensure that the Facebook group is not allowed to collect and evaluate data from Whatsapp.
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The new terms and conditions
A decision in this case should be made before May 15th. To make this possible, an urgency procedure based on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been initiated against Facebook in Ireland. “WhatsApp is now used by almost 60 million people in Germany and is by far the most widely used social media application, ahead of Facebook,” said Caspar. It is therefore important to him to prevent the misuse of this data power.
In the future, Whatsapp will offer, among other things, more options for Whatsapp users to sell products that have been displayed on another platform such as Instagram – which is also part of Facebook. To make this possible, the group would like to better link the data on the various platforms.
Migration to other apps
As a result, competing chat services such as Signal, or Telegram recorded a sharp increase in user numbers at the beginning of this year.