Facebook omitted information on how it would share WhatsApp data

The European Commission has accused Facebook of providing “incorrect or omitted information” when it acquired WhatsApp for $ 19 billion in 2014. The information requested by the European Commission is used to examine large mergers and acquisitions in order to find out if the resulting business would be anti-competitive. As The Verge assures, if Facebook cannot explain why it omitted this information before January 31, 2017, it will have to pay a penalty of $ 179 million.

The European Commission is concerned about the nature of the agreement between Facebook and WhatsApp to share data. In 2014, Facebook said it would not be possible to automatically link the data between the accounts of the two services, but in August the famous social network of Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new privacy policy that did just what they said would be impossible: data from WhatsApp users, including phone numbers, share with Facebook to create better social connections and deliver more relevant ads on both services.

Facebook faces a penalty of $ 179M for omitting information

The EU does not believe that sharing this data is an anti-competitive practice, but that is no excuse for lie or omit information, since “companies are obliged to provide accurate information to the Commission during the supervision of a merger (…) In this particular case, the Commission's preliminary view is that Facebook gave us incorrect or omitted information during the investigation of its WhatsApp acquisition".

Facebook has defended itself in a public response ensuring that “We have provided accurate information about our technical capabilities and plans, including presentations on the acquisition of WhatsApp and voluntary briefings prior to the update in this year's WhatsApp privacy policy. We are pleased that the commission agrees with its approval decision and we will continue to cooperate and share the information officials need to answer your questions.".

If you asked me what I think about all this, I can only say that I hope the EU is not soft with Facebook And ultimately, protect our privacy. There are still users like me who do not have a Facebook account and do not want to know anything about the network that Zuckerberg created about twelve years ago, so we still find it less funny that our information is used to “improve”, in quotes, a service We do not use. In any case, that is another front that they have open not only in Europe and in which I do not wish the famous social network much luck.

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