On December 18, 2017, the French data protection authority publicly announced that it served a formal notice to WhatsApp regarding the sharing of WhatsApp users’ data with Facebook Inc. This decision, dated November 27, 2017, follows the investigations led by the CNIL regarding Facebook’s 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp.
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On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice.
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