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UK halts Facebook’s WhatsApp data dip

Facebook has been told it must not use data gathered from UK members of its WhatsApp messaging app to target ads on its core social network.

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The country's Information Commissioner said she did not believe the firm had obtained valid consent for the move and added that people must be given "ongoing control" over their data.

Elizabeth Denham said that Facebook had agreed to "pause" its rollout but had not met all her demands.

Facebook has yet to publicly comment.

The California-based company bought WhatsApp in 2014 and pledged to keep the chat app independent.

However, in August, WhatsApp made changes to its privacy policy, prompting an investigation by the UK watchdog.

"I had concerns that consumers weren't being properly protected, and it's fair to say the enquiries my team have made haven't changed that view," blogged Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner.

"I don't think WhatsApp has got valid consent from users to share the information.

"We've set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we're pleased that they've agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes."

Enforcement

Ms Denham said she now wanted Facebook and WhatsApp to:

  • offer customers' more details about how their data will be used
  • let WhatsApp members restrict access to their information beyond the existing 30-day cooling-off period
  • let users completely opt-out of the agreement at any time

Ms Denham said that Facebook had not agreed to these terms.

"If Facebook starts using the data without valid consent, they may face enforcement action from my office," she warned.

WhatsApp has already been cautioned warned by European privacy watchdogs about sharing user data with its new parent company. 

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Fun on Pinterest with Thought Provoking Quotes


Although I did make these pins for Pinterest, the intellectual property is not mine. I searched the web for both pictures and the exact quote. I pasted the pictures into PowerPoint and then edited them down to size with Gimp 2. It only took me a few minutes to do them. It was fun for me to do while taking a mental break.

The Robert Evans quote I heard on a documentary about him. He has had many different relationships with people over the years and I feel has a good grasp of society. His quote has helped me understand people better. I do have a few people in my life who truly believe the world revolves around them. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park had a great line in episode “Fishsticks” (Season 13, Episode 5), “your ego is so big that you subconsciously remember things incorrectly to make yourself feel more important.” This episode is available on Netflix Streaming.



My second picture is the toast Elaine Benes made on “Seinfeld” just before her disastrous public dancing spectacle. Some people just can’t dance.



My last pin is from a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. Data the Android wants to understand human behavior better and gets involved in a romantic relationship. He asked different crew members their advice and get very different but real answers. Captain Picard’s response I thought was the best. The episode is also available on Netflix Streaming (Season 4 Episode 25).




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Alan
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