When Facebook announced that it would collect the data of WhatsApp users in August, a huge uproar erupted at the sudden U-Turn of the social networking giant. Since then several countries have questioned Facebook’s decision to collect the WhatsApp users’ data; despite having promised earlier that it would not do so. (Make sure to check how to stop Facebook from collecting WhatsApp data on iPhone.)

The unexpected announcement was questioned by UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office as well as and asked the social networking company to stop tinkering with the personal information of users. Following an eight-week probe into the privacy policy, it has been concluded by the information commissioner that WhatsApp hadn’t got the valid consent from users with regards to sharing data with Facebook. As a result, the US-based company had to agree to temporarily stop collecting data from WhatsApp users in UK.

Facebook Temporarily Stops Collecting Data from WhatsApp in UK

Facebook Temporarily Stops Collecting Data from WhatsApp in UK

“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. I also believe users should be given ongoing control over how their information is used, not just a 30 day window.

We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes.”

As per the report, Facebook has been asked to sign an undertaking and properly explain how the data of users will be used. The UK’s watchdog has even asked it to provide users ongoing control over that information.

“We have now asked Facebook and WhatsApp to sign an undertaking committing to better explaining to customers how their data will be used, and to giving users ongoing control over that information.”

As per the updated terms and conditions, Facebook says that it will collect data to fight out spam properly and provide better friend suggestions—in order to show more relevant ads on Facebook.

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