Following that development, European privacy watchdog associations have recently sprung into action and asked WhatsApp to stop collecting personal data from users.
Article 29 Working Party
The app company was urged to divulge all relevant information to the Working Party as soon as possible and asked them to stop sharing users’ data until appropriate legal protections are assured.
The Yahoo Hack
Article 29 also did something similar when the Yahoo hack revealed more than 500 million users’ account details in 2014. The collective asked Yahoo for information on all aspects of the data breach and asked that Yahoo should notify its users about the consequences brought along by the hack. They ordered Yahoo to cooperate with all upcoming national data protection authorities’ inquiries or investigations.
European Countries Bringing Up the Issue
Germany had ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data on WhatsApp and delete the data they had acquired thus far since the change. Meanwhile, United Nations says that Yahoo’s handling of the hack has raised serious human rights concerns.
Via The Guardian