German MEP Engin Eroglu expressed concern about the new WhatsApp messenger policy. This is reported by RT with reference to the politician’s request to the European Commission (EC).
Eroglu recalled that in 2014, Facebook promised WhatsApp users that “the data of the two applications will be stored separately.” At the same time, the EC later recognized the transaction for the purchase of the messenger and the merger of the companies as legal.
The MEP asked what measures the European Union is taking to protect the personal information of users in connection with the current situation regarding the new application policy. In particular, whether the security authorities are investigating changes in the terms of the agreement. He also asked if it is possible to reconsider the decision of the European Commission on the legality of the merger.
On January 8, WhatsApp updated its user agreement, obliging users to share information with the social network Facebook, which owns a controlling stake in the operator of the messenger. In particular, the service will receive geolocation data, as well as information about installing and removing programs belonging to Facebook. The messenger explained this by the need to analyze the habits and tastes of users in order to more actively select personalized advertising, as well as provide users with the most suitable content and personal services.