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WhatsApp cannot share data with Facebook, says South Africa regulator

06.03.2021
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South Africa’s Information Regulator has made clear that WhatsApp cannot share contact information with Facebook without obtaining regulatory permission, says Reuters. In January, Facebook announced the introduction of a new privacy policy which appeared to allow the sharing of some personal data, prompting widespread criticism. The Information Regulator expressed concern that the policy appeared to offer lower levels of protection to people in South Africa than EU citizens, in spite of the very similar privacy legislation. WhatsApp said that the updated policy ‘does not expand the company’s ability to share data with Facebook’, an is reviewing the contents of the letter. 

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South Africa’s Information Regulator has made clear that WhatsApp cannot share contact information with Facebook without obtaining regulatory permission, says Reuters.

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