EU fires WhatsApp for sharing user data with FB
London: The European Union's data regulator group has rapped WhatsApp for the "take it or leave it approach" it has taken regarding sharing of user data with the parent company Facebook. The EU data regulator has launched a taskforce to implement "a clear, comprehensive resolution" to comply with EU law, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
The taskforce has been set up by the pan-European data regulator, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), a year after it first issued a warning to the chat app over its sharing of user data with the wider group of Facebook companies, forcing it to pause data transfer.
The group said the "take it or leave it approach", which mandated users who disagreed should simply stop using the service did not constitute freely given consent, while pre-ticked boxes did not constitute unambiguous consent, the Guardian report said.