Controversial data-sharing deal “paused” as British Data Watchdog investigates
WhatsApp’s recent announcement that it would share data on its users with Facebook has caused some consternation, as we reported back in September (read my article about it here).
The latest in the ongoing saga is that Facebook have announced they will ‘pause’ sharing the data (which includes users’ mobile numbers) pending the result of an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said:
“I don’t think users have been given enough information about what Facebook plans to do with their information, and I don’t think WhatsApp has got valid consent from users to share the information.”
She went on to add that if Facebook is found to share data without proper consent, it may face enforcement action from her office. The ICO has the power to fine companies up to £500,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act.
What do you think of the data-sharing deal? Do you expect a similar response in other countries? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments!