UK’s Commissioner of communications Elizabeth Denham has issued an official statement on whatsapp decision to start sharing and a Facebook.
The data that WhasApp said it will be sharing is user’s phone numbers, location, last login which some guys in the tech industry say it will go against users personal privacy space.
Speaking on the matter, Elizabeth Denham said;
“The changes WhatsApp and Facebook are making will affect a lot of people. Some might consider it’ll give them a better service, others may be concerned by the lack of control.
“Our role is to pull back the curtain on things like this, ensuring that companies are being transparent with the public about how their personal data is being shared, and protecting consumers by making sure the law is being followed.
“We’ve been informed of the changes. Organisations do not need to get prior approval from the ICO to change their approaches, but they do need to stay within data protection laws. We are looking into this.”
This week, the company announced that it will sharing data with facebook, in a move that is intended to customized advertising.