Facebook banned from processing WhatsApp user data in Germany


In Germany, the data protection authority banned Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data.

It is noteworthy that the decision came before May 15, when the WhatsApp “non-disclosure agreement” expired

Hamburg’s personal data protection official, Johannes Kaspar, said in a statement that Facebook does not have an adequate legal basis to process user data.


“This ban order aims to guarantee the rights and freedoms of millions of users all over Germany who agree to the terms of use,” Kaspar said.

Noting that within the extraordinary powers included in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union, Facebook will be forced to suspend WhatsApp user data for a period of 3 months.

At this time, the European Union will be required to make a general decision on user data.

The decision came before May 15th

Caspar noted that the purpose of the decision is to prevent defects and damages caused by the methods used to process user data.

It is also noteworthy that the decision of the German data protection agency came before May 15, when the “confidentiality agreement” for WhatsApp expires.


Accounts will be deleted starting August

WhatsApp published its new privacy policy in January, announcing that those who do not agree to this privacy policy will not be able to use the app.

This is as of February 15th, and after feedback from all over the world, WhatsApp has postponed this app to May 15th.

And with a statement from Whatsapp: Accounts will not be suspended, but their functionality will be reduced.

WhatsApp also announced that the accounts of users who do not agree to the privacy policy will be suspended from May 15, and these accounts will be deleted from August.