The European Union has urged WhatsApp not to share users’ data with Facebook until the appropriate legal protections can be assured.
In an open letter from the EU’s Data Protection Working Party, it said there were concerns regarding WhatsApp’s information sharing with Facebook.
The sharing of data is done for a range of purposes, including marketing and advertising.
“These changes have been introduced in contradiction with previous public statements of the two companies ensuring that no sharing of data would ever take place.”
The EU said the changes may affect many citizens in EU member states and have created uncertainty.
To avoid the possibility that the processing of personal data by WhatsApp or Facebook is not compliant with EU legislation, the committee urged WhatsApp not to proceed with the move.