WhatsApp has agreed to stop sharing data with Facebook (its parent company) until the two companies can do so in a way that complies with the next General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU, according to a TechCrunch report.
The news comes after the Office of the Commissioner of Information of the United Kingdom (ICO) concluded an investigation on the two companies to determine if WhatsApp could legally share the data of the users with Facebook according to the laws of the United Kingdom. The ICO report determined that WhatsApp and Facebook can not share data beyond WhatsApp using Facebook for basic data processing. France also ordered Facebook and WhatsApp to stop sharing data, demanding that companies stop in a month. Both the sentences of France and the United Kingdom on WhatsApp and Facebook are still early cases at the country level. But when the GDPR goes into effect in May, similar rules of privacy protection will apply across the EU.