Data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook
How did it happen?
Why did it happen?
What can be done?
Recently, the UK’s Information Commissioner asked Facebook to pause all data transfers between itself and WhatsApp. She is concerned with how Facebook intends to use the data, that WhatsApp never established valid consent to share the data, and that an expired thirty-day window to opt-out doesn’t give users ongoing control over their data. In September, Germany ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from WhatsApp and to delete any data that it had already received.
The Digital Tattoo has a couple of resources that may help you understand how your data is created through social media and its importance more generally. And take a look at our recent blog post, Taking Control of your Data, to find out how you can control your data on Facebook and Google.
- Protect Feature: Who Owns Your Data?
- Connect Feature: Your Data on Social Media
- Protect Your Mobile
- Texting Apps
What do you think?
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