European privacy officials pursue investigation of WhatsApp and Yahoo

The Article 29 Working Party, an expert group of European privacy officials, is pursuing investigations of WhatsApp and Yahoo. In a letter to Facebook, the Working Party stated that the decision to transfer confidential user data from WhatsApp to Facebook has raised "serious concerns," and urged WhatApp to halt data transfers pending completion of the investigation. Separately, the group urged Yahoo to provide information about the 2014 data breach which compromised 500 million accounts. The Article 29 also pressed the company to explain why it scanned customer emails for US intelligence agencies.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy

Tags: electronic communications, surveillance, intelligence agencies, investigation, data protection, Article 29 Working Party, data breach

Posted on Friday 28 October 2016

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