The Vice President of the social media company Facebook in Brazil has been arrested by the police.
Diego Dzodan, has on repeated occasions declined to obey court orders that require him to hand over WhatsApp data to the police to be used in criminal investigation that relates to drug trafficking.
His arrest is due to the messaging application WhatsApp; that Facebook owns.
Facebook said via a statement that the arrest of Mr. Dzodan is “disproportionate and an extreme measure.”
The arrest of the Argentine national was ordered by northeastern state of Sergipe judge.
In two previous instances, Judge Maia Marcel issued fines against Facebook when it refused to release WhatsApp data to the police.
While passing the judgment, he said that the information was required to aid in a secret investigation that involves organized crime as well as drug trafficking.
Facebook through the statement said that it was “extremely disappointed by the disproportionate measure.”
The company also added that Facebook has always been and will always be available to answer any questions that the authorities may have.
A judge in Brazil suspended the operation of WhatsApp for 48 hrs in December.
At the time of the judgment, the Sao Paulo judge said that Facebook did not obey orders from the court that it shares information in a criminal case.