The European privacy watchdogs have warned WhatsApp over the deal to share its data with Facebook – a company that bought it at 19 billion.
The regulators said that this deal concerned them as WhatsApp recent terms and conditions updates had made sharing of data possible.
The firm was served with a letter in which it was asked to stop sharing Facebook data until it was apparent that none of the set rules were being violated.
In a response to the letter, WhatsApp said that it was collaborating with data watchdogs so that the concerns get addressed.
The start of August this year saw WhatsApp make some updates in its terms and conditions, revealing that it would share data with facebook.
In justifying the change, the messaging company said that people would now be relevantly suggested on whom to connect with.
But many criticized the change, saying that WhatsApp had earlier on pledged to remain independent of Facebook.
After having decided to share data, investigations were launched by data protection bodies across Europe. Now the Article 29 Working Party has said that there is more to be done that will limit breaking of privacy rules by firms.
The Working Party said that it is important for the new measures to be put in place considering the sharing of data is being done in a way that was not listed in the privacy operating at the time of signing up.
The group called for data sharing to be halted while the terms of the deal were scrutinized.