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German consumer group sues WhatsApp over data policy.

According to Bloomberg, Facebook's WhatsApp is under fire in a Berlin court for new privacy clauses that permit the messaging service to collect and transfer data between the platforms. The suit was filed by German consumer group VZBV, which insists that each consumer must be given the right to decide how his personal data is revealed and used

"Our experts brought the mis conduct to light. Now we'll meet in court," VZBV said. "Be it Facebook, Google, Amazon or now WhatsApp: we target violations."

European regulators also are concerned about the changes and are probing Facebook for possibly giving "incorrect or misleading information" about its plans to use customer data when it filed to acquire WhatsApp.

In a statement, WhatsApp said its privacy policy complies with the law and gives a clear explanation of how customers can determine the ways their data is used.

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Title Annotation:PRIVACY
Publication:Information Management Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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