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France have warned WhatsApp, the most used phone messaging App to stop transferring Users data to its parent company Facebook within 30 days.


France's Privacy institution CNIL gave this warning when it noticed that WhatsApp has violated the country's Data Protection Act by giving out users information to Facebook for the intention of business intelligence purposes, to help improve the messaging app by analysing user behaviour.
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The warning order by CNIL to stop this information transfer is not as a result of the failure of WhatsApp to keep to the agreement they made last year with the European data protection authorities, but it is as a result of WhatsApp sharing User data with Facebook for business intelligence purposes. WhatsApp agreed that they would stop the transfer of data for use in targeted advertising.

CNIL further said that WhatsApp didn't take permission from Users before sharing the information to Facebook and also, there's no option to refuse the data transfer for this type of usage aside uninstalling the app. They also had failed in its obligation to provide a sample of the French user data that has been transferred to Facebook.

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They body equally added that the transfer to Facebook "does not provide adequate guarantees allowing to preserve the interest or the fundamental freedoms of users since there is no mechanism whereby they can refuse it while continuing to use the application".

WhatsApp is meant to comply to the demands of CNIL within 30 days or face sanctions.

In reaction to the above claims, WhatsApp spokesperson said the company faces conflicting concerns from different European authorities.
Privacy is incredibly important to WhatsApp. It's why we collect very little data, and encrypt every message. We will continue to work with the CNIL to ensure users understand what information we collect, as well as how it's used. And we're committed to resolving the different, and at times conflicting concerns, we've heard from European Data Protection Authorities with a common EU approach before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018.
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