After the Government prohibited To WhatsApp use its new terms and conditions, representatives of Facebook and the messaging service participate this Wednesday in the Senate of a commission meeting to give explanations on the use of personal data.
The discussion revolves around privacy in social networks and the new policies adopted for browsing safety, reported parliamentary sources. The meeting was scheduled for 10 in the morning.
It happens that on May 17, the Secretary of Commerce of the Nation issued a resolution in the Official Gazette in which it prohibited the implementation of the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of WhatsApp, considering that it would be incurred a situation of abuse of dominant position.
The meeting called by the president of the Systems, Media and Freedom of Expression commission, Alfredo Luenzo, was also invited by Rodrigo Luchinsky, president of the National Commission for the Defense of Competition, and Martín Becerra, researcher at Conicet.
The Government’s resolution
Paula Español, head of the Secretary of Commerce. Photo Clarín
The Government considers that the new update could be incompatible with the Competition Law and Argentine legislation on personal data protection.
The CNDC had already imposed a precautionary measure that was notified to the company on Friday, one day before the entry into force of the update in question, which was going to be mandatory for those users who wanted to continue using the courier as up to now.
Resolution 492/2021, signed by the Secretary of Commerce, Paula Español, takes the mess to a higher level.
Among the recitals, the antecedents are mentioned in United States, the European Union, Turkey, India, Germany, Italy and Brazil, where this transfer of personal data implicit in the update was not enabled for violating different local regulations.
And he adds: “If the exchange of user information established for May 15 of this year is verified, a database of users with a level of detail that cannot be replicated by other companies would be formed, giving rise to potential exclusionary behaviors. and exploitative “.
On the other hand, it is highlighted that “the supposed free services offered by the firm FACEBOOK INC. And its controlled companies do not actually exist, to the extent that the essential asset that represents the information of the users of the platforms translates into monetary terms, hence the possibility of measuring the exploitation parameter of users who provide more information than is strictly necessary “.
The terms of the controversy
Use of personal data. Photo DPA
The new policy was developed for new ways of chatting with businesses and making purchases from in-app conversations, which had already been announced in October last year and are “totally optional,” according to technology, but the policies have been controversial for many users.
“Some purchasing functions are integrated with Facebook so that companies can manage their inventories through the applications,” as well as “so that people can choose whether they want to communicate with companies or not,” as WhatsApp explained.
Users could already use the ‘app’ to communicate with companies present in WhatsApp Business to chat and purchase products. With the latest news, companies will have paid services, but not users, who will continue to use the service for free.
As a Facebook company (like Facebook, Instagram or Oculus), WhatsApp shares the data it collects with other group companies, just as these companies share user data with WhatsApp.
These data include user activity in the application (settings, interaction, frequency), service diagnostics, or device and connection information (model, operating system, battery charge level, time zone, IP address). .
Also install cookies “to operate and provide the services, in addition to providing Internet-based services, improving experiences, understanding how services are used, and personalizing them. “
This was questioned not only in Argentina, but throughout the world.
WhatsApp has a penetration that exceeds the 76% on cell phones in Argentina.