WhatsApp reassures users: will not share private data with Facebook

WhatsApp will not be sharing any user data with parent company Facebook.

The messaging app had recently been investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) UK in relation to data protection.

WhatsApp affirmed that it would uphold current General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and not share data unlawfully.

Furthermore, the company signed an agreement that it would commit to not sharing the data with Facebook unless it would be allowed to under the GDPRs.

“My investigation has not been concerned about WhatsApp’s sharing of personal data with Facebook when Facebook are only providing a support service to WhatsApp,” explained Elizabeth Denham, commissioner of the ICO. “The technical term for such sharing is that WhatsApp can use Facebook as a data processor. This is common practice and if done consistently with the law, under contract, does not generally raise data protection concerns.”

Denham complimented WhatsApp’s efforts to reassure its users and said it would continue to monitor the company.

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