Germany will ban Facebook from collecting Whatsapp data
The data protection commissioner for the city of Hamburg has told Facebook to delete all the account information which it has already received from Whatsapp users - including individuals’ phone numbers.
Facebook has said that it will appeal against this order - it’s argued that Whatsapp data will be used to try to make the ads that appear on Facebook more relevant to users. The social media giant bought WhatsApp in 2014 - paying $22bn. ■