Last year, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which consists of all the leaders of the national Data Protection agencies in the European Union, started investigating WhatsApp over its data sharing with Facebook. Following its investigation, the group sent a letter to Facebook in which it notified the company that WhatsApp is still not abiding by European Union (EU) privacy laws.
Facebook’s Non-Compliance With Data Protection Law
The WP29 noted in its letter that Facebook is still not compliant with the old Data Protection directive (a more generic piece of legislation which EU members can implement however they see fit), nor the newer General Data Protection Regulation (a piece of legislation that all EU countries have to implement in the same way), which passed last year and will go into effect by mid-2018.
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All these "free" social media apps are free for a reason. The data they gather is worth $$$.
To be really cynical: If I owned Facebook I would move the company and set it up outside the EU in a country that would not interfere, so they can continue to operate as they want.
I wonder what would happen if Facebook began to charge users a yearly fee to use it's services? If it was a couple of dollars a year I think most users would gladly pay. Then the money rolls in from both ends. AND they would have the users credit info on top of everything else.
There's no such thing as FREE when you use this stuff. If Google can get away with it, so can anyone.
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