WhatsApp has been fined over $3.3 million in Italy for ‘forcing’ users to share their personal data with its parent company Facebook.
The popular chat app has been asked by all of the 28 European Union data protection authorities to stop sharing users’ data with Facebook as there were doubts over the validity of users’ consent, Express.co.uk reported on Friday.
“We’re reviewing the decision and we look forward to responding to officials,” the report quoted a WhatsApp spokesman as saying.
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The Indian government told the Supreme Court in April that it was actively considering to put in place a law to protect data and curb sharing of individual data on social networking sites and online messaging services.
Although the high court did say that it could not share the data of its users collected up to September 25, 2016, with Facebook or any other related company.
During the acquisition, Facebook had claimed that respect for users’ privacy was “coded into its DNA”.
But Italy’s antitrust regulator alleged that “the opportunity for WhatsApp users to refuse the handover of data to Facebook was available ‘but it was inadequately flagged’.”
Since Facebook took over WhatsApp, it has been surrounded by controversies related to privacy.
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