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German consumer group sues WhatsApp quoting : “PC World”

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BERLIN — A German consumer group says it has filed a lawsuit against WhatsApp over its data gathering and sharing practices.
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations said Monday that it filed the suit at Berlin’s state court.
WhatsApp said its “privacy policy and terms updates comply with applicable law.”It says the use of European WhatsApp user data for products and advertising purposes on Facebook has been “temporarily paused” to allow for discussions with officials.
That angered data protection advocates in Germany and elsewhere.
It argued that WhatsApp “collects and stores data in part illegally and passes them on to Facebook.”Facebook acquired the global messaging service in 2014 and announced last summer that WhatsApp would begin sharing phone numbers of its users with the social network.

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German consumer groups sue WhatsApp over privacy policy changes

WhatsApp’s privacy policy change allowing Facebook to target advertising at its users has landed the company in a German court.
Of particular concern to VZBZ is the way that WhatsApp transfers numbers from its users’ contacts lists to Facebook — even when those numbers are not WhatsApp users.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp in October 2014, but it wasn’t until August 2016 that WhatsApp said it would modify its privacy policy to allow it to share lists of users’ contacts with Facebook.
Within days, privacy campaigners including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, accusing the companies of unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Back then, the company told regulators that the phone number matching now being done could not be performed reliably.
German consumer groups sue WhatsApp over privacy policy changes

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