It turns out, WhatsApp could be infringing on your rights to privacy by doing so. The first privacy watchdog to raise a red flag was in the European Union. If you can remember, in September 2016, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information made an order that stopped Facebook from collecting and storing WhatsApp data from the 35 million people in Germany.
Fast-forward to December; the European Commission made an objection to Facebook. The commission accused Facebook of giving incorrect and misleading information. On the possibility of linking users’ accounts during the 2014 review of its acquisition of WhatsApp at $19 billion.
The most recent accusation leveled on Facebook about right to privacy concerns on WhatsApp is by the Federation of German Consumer Organization. The Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, or VZBV. VZBV has filed a case at the Berlin county court asking for an injunction that bars data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. In addition to forcing Facebook to delete all the data, it has collected so far from WhatsApp. VZBV is accusing Facebook of abusing the users’ trust.