Home Technology Privacy Watchdogs Want Answers From Facebook

Privacy Watchdogs Want Answers From Facebook

Data protection watchdogs suspect the proposed merger of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram is more about advertising than streamlining systems.

European Union regulators have summoned Facebook executives to explain how they believe the merger will not breach privacy and data protection laws.

Facebook wants to merge the back-end of the three apps while leaving the front ends to maintain their own branding and personality.

But the watchdogs feel Facebook is just trying to target WhatsApp users on other applications by profiling their usage and personal data in WhatsApp.

The EU have confronted Facebook about this issue in the past and are set to do so again.

Data protection concerns

The Irish Data Protection Commission said: “While we understand that Facebook’s proposal to integrate the Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms is at a very early conceptual stage of development, the Irish DPC has asked Facebook Ireland for an urgent briefing on what is being proposed.

“The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

“Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully taken into account by Facebook in further developing this proposal.”

The Irish DPC is taking the lead as Facebook in Europe is headquartered in Dublin.

Advertising gold

Besides the advertising gold hidden in the merger, Facebook is out to trounce the opposition by building the social media messaging app of choice for billions of users.

Around 2.8 billion people use WhatsApp and Messenger. No other app comes anywhere near that mark.

In a bid to satisfy critics, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has ordered developers to encrypt the new service – which adds a layer of security to the current apps.

Zuckerberg recently wrote in the Wall St Journal: “People consistently tell us that if they’re going to see ads, they want them to be relevant.

“The vast majority agreed to allow Facebook to collect their data because they prefer more relevant ads and offering data makes them more relevant.”

Hossein Soltani
Hossein Soltani
Soltani has participated in several nationwide sports competitions and has won several titles in track and field. Hossein Soltani finished his secondary school in Tehran and moved to Sari with his family when he was 18. In that time he joined Pars Herald and helped the group to distribute its publications between the students living in Sari. Soltani attended the Azad University of Sari.

Stay Connected


Must Read

How Safe Is A Visit To The Caribbean?

Expats, tourists and business people visiting the Caribbean may well worry about their safety after a seemingly endless series of warnings and alerts over...

How Safe Is A Visit To The Caribbean?

Expats, tourists and business people visiting the Caribbean may well worry about their safety after a seemingly endless series of warnings and alerts over...

Periodic Table Is Elementary For Scientists

Scientists are in their element as they celebrate the 150thanniversary of the periodic table. The table has tortured physics and chemistry students trying to learn...

World’s Top Earning Footballers

As World Cup 2014 approaches in Brazil, the soccer world is talking about who will turn out as the best players of the tournament. Many...

Related News

A Rift in the Gaming World

Bittersweet news for virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts today as Facebook buys Oculus Rift, the pioneer in virtual reality headsets for $2 billion. Oculus Rift has...

How The Richest Americans Got A Whole Lot Richer

Call them what you like, be envious or hold them up as role models, but America’s wealthiest billionaires have the Midas touch and just seem...

Facebook App Will Monitor How Long You Spend Online

Facebook is reportedly developing a great tool for users spending too much time looking up their friends on the social media app. Soon, users can...

Zuckerberg Breaks His Facebook Silence At Last

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has finally spoken about the data scandal that has seen almost $50 billion wiped off the value of one of...

Instagram Launches Latest Snapchat Remake

Instagram has followed in its adopted father’s footsteps, and put originality to one side once again, in order to release its own copy of...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here