WhatsApp privacy issues in South Africa - An explanation

Hanno Labuschagne

Staff member
Sep 2, 2019
WhatsApp privacy issues in South Africa - An explanation

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy may go against the data protection principles of purpose limitation and data minimisation, warns Michalsons attorney Nathan-Ross Adams.

Facebook recently issued a notice to WhatsApp users which forced them to accept new terms of service and privacy policy by 8 February 2021 to continue using the app.

The new privacy policy contained a clause that allows Facebook to share data from WhatsApp across its other products, including its own social media platform, Instagram, and Oculus VR.


Executive Member
May 21, 2018
:laugh: Had a good old chuckle at this:

Tlakula questioned why Facebook would reportedly discuss their new WhatsApp privacy policy with the European Union but not with a country like South Africa.

Pansy, um, if I may, maybe it's because:

  • The GDPR has actually been in effect for many years decades now, unlike South Africa that's been spluttering and making noise about POPI since 2006, yet only come into effect last year June?
  • Also, maybe the ICO (which is the European equivalent of your role as "information regulator") has not taken over one year just to find and set up new offices for themselves?
  • And just maybe it's because SA is a backwater ****hole country run by corrupt ANC cadres who do not even recognise Constitutional Court rulings even after swearing to protect the Constitution. If the leadership do not recognise the highest law in the land, why would they subject themselves to a puny Act? For what reason then would Whatsapp even consider discussing privacy matters with South Africa when there is no rule of law?
It's hard to believe that Pansy is actually an advocate, and I wonder where / how she actually received her law degree. Oh yes, I forgot, she's a cadre... :)


Honorary Master
May 4, 2012
Maybe because the EU is actually a market? SA is nothing. Funny how these self entitled cnts think the world needs to bend to their whims.