French Regulator Demands WhatsApp Modifies Data-Sharing Policy

By Nathan Allen Features Dow Jones Newswires

The French data-protection regulator--the CNIL--on Monday ordered U.S. messaging service WhatsApp to modify its data-sharing agreement with parent company Facebook Inc. (FB)

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WhatsApp has one month to comply with the demands or it may face sanctions for violating the French data protection act, the CNIL said in a statement.

The regulator said it considers transfer of user data--between WhatsApp and Facebook--illegal data collection.

The CNIL also said that WhatsApp had previously refused to hand over a sample of French user data, claiming that as a U.S. company it is only subject to U.S. regulation.

Write to Nathan Allen at nathan.allen@dowjones.com

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December 18, 2017 13:15 ET (18:15 GMT)