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Facebook agrees to leave WhatsApp personal data alone as ICO concludes investigation

Facebook agrees to leave WhatsApp personal data alone as ICO concludes investigation

Ms Denham added she was pleased WhatsApp had signed the agreement to cease sharing until it can do so in compliance with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into force in May.

This comes after an investigation by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which was looking into WhatsApp's plans to share data from its customers with its parent company, Facebook. After their investigation, ICO reported that WhatsApp and Facebook can not share data beyond WhatsApp using Facebook for basic data processing.

The ICO began an investigation into the companies in August 2016, and the messaging app temporarily stopped sharing personal user data with the social network in the December.

This change prompted outrage among WhatsApp users and European regulators. "As we've repeatedly made clear for the a year ago we are not sharing data in the ways that the UK Information Commissioner has said she is concerned about anywhere in Europe". At that point, WhatsApp and Facebook will be able to share data "for safety and security purposes" or to improve products and advertising, as long as the process of sharing that data complies with GDPR standards. They state that data protection should be both by design and default in any operation.

Denham also found that WhatsApp can not and, thanks to the newly signed agreement, will not share user data with Facebook for anything other than basic data processing.

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But the South African Government has dismissed fears expressed by Mr Dutton for the safety of the farmers, saying its citizens are not in danger.

"I reached the conclusion that an undertaking was the most effective regulatory tool for me to use, given the circumstances of the case", Denham said.

You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. "I would also like to stress that signing an undertaking is not the end of e story and I will closely monitor WhatsApp's adherence to it", said Denham.

"The GDPR strengthens the rules on what constitutes "consent".

"WhatsApp cares deeply about the privacy of our users", a spokesperson for WhatsApp told TechCrunch.


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