European Commission Begins Investigation of WhatsApp Privacy About-Face

Following the announcement that WhatsApp intends to transfer user data to Facebook in violation of earlier commitments, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has opened an investigation. Vestager stated, “That they didn’t merge data wasn’t the decisive factor when the merger was approved, but it was still a part of the decision” to approve the $19b Facebook acquisition in 2014. Last month, EPIC and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the FTC, urging the Commission to Act. The FTC responded that it would “carefully review” EPIC’s complaint.


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