Facebook Ordered to Delete WhatsApp Data

German regulators ruled that Facebook did not have the authority from WhatsApp users to synchronize its data.
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German regulators ordered Facebook (FB) - Get Report to delete data it received from its popular WhatsApp messaging subsidiary Tuesday. Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and announced plans earlier this year to synchronize data from the service with its own flagship social media network. However, Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection said that Facebook has not received the proper approval from WhatsApp users to begin sharing that data. Additionally, the commission said that "both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them." Facebook responded by saying that it complies with German law and that it would work with the Hamburg DPA to address any concerns.

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