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Germany takes on Facebook over Whatsapp

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>> Wanting Facebook to respect user information, a German privacy regulator ordering the world's biggest social network to stop collecting and storing German users data from its messaging service WhatsApp. Facebook bought the messaging app two years ago for 19 billion in cash and stock in an effort to reach a younger audience.
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At the time it promised not to mix the two platforms. But last August it announced that it will begin sharing data from WhatsApp users with the purpose of targeted ads. Hamburg's Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information saying that won't work in Germany. Johannes Caspar ruling on Tuesday that Facebook does not have a legal basis for the data sharing.
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Facebook's German activities are headquartered in Hamburg, placing the social network under it's jurisdiction. The regulator also ordering Facebook to delete any previous data on its users. Facebook responding promptly saying it's work complies with EU data protection law and will appeal the order, but pledging to work with the Hamburg DPA to resolve its concerns