The European Data Protection Commission (EDPB) rejected a request by German data regulators to immediately ban Facebook from processing WhatsApp data on Thursday, and instead a social media giant was sent to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). Instructed to investigate how WhatsApp users are using their personal information.
This decision follows May’s request from German regulators to issue an EU-wide order on this issue.
In Thursday’s ruling, EDPB said it found uncertainties, inconsistencies and ambiguities between WhatsApp user information and written commitments from both Facebook and WhatsApp.
Due to these ambiguities, EDPB said Facebook was unable to identify “actually performing operations” and their capacity.
Regulators also said there wasn’t enough information to make sure Facebook had already started processing WhatsApp user data for marketing communications and direct marketing purposes.
However, it turns out that the conditions to prove the existence and urgency of the infringement are not met.
We are currently instructing the Irish DPC, Facebook’s leading regulator in Europe, to conduct a statutory investigation into Facebook Ireland as a priority.
EDP B said that more rapid investigation is needed on this issue, especially given that “there is a high probability of a breach for the security, security and integrity of WhatsApp”. ..
WhatsApp welcomed the EDPB’s decision, stating that it would work with the Irish DPC to address…