EU regulators agree to a data sharing deal on WhatsApp with Facebook

Now that there is more clarity on the quality of information gleaned from users, the deal is likely to result in an agreement by summer.

In a significant development, Facebook’s European regulator has disclosed that it has reached a deal with the U.S. company which allows for the collection of data from WhatsApp, a messaging service it acquired in 2014.

In 2016, the data protection authorities of the 28 member states of the European Union had requested that WhatsApp stop sharing users’ data with Facebook over questions of validity of users’ consent.

Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, who also happens to be the lead EU regulator on privacy issues for Facebook, said she hopes the agreement will lead to a final resolution by summer.

“I think we are in agreement with the parties – WhatsApp and Facebook – that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms,” said Dixon in an interview. “We are working towards a solution on that.”


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