Facebook is close to agreeing a deal that would allow it to start using data gathered from WhatsApp users.
The social network bought the messaging app for $19 billion back in 2014, and initially claimed it would keep user information for the two services separate.
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Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and the lead EU regulator on privacy issues for Facebook, has now said that she hopes a final agreement will be reached this summer.
“I think we are in agreement with the parties – WhatsApp and Facebook – that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms,” she told .
“We are working towards a solution on that.”
Though Facebook gave users a limited time to opt out, doing so before the deadline only stopped WhatsApp from sending data to Facebook for “ads and product experiences”, and not a number of other agreements.
, and the European Commission said Facebook “intentionally or negligently” submitted “misleading information” ahead of its WhatsApp takeover.
“We respect the Commission’s process and are confident that a full review of the facts will confirm Facebook has acted in good faith,” was Facebook’s response.
Facebook holds a huge amount of information on its users, including locations, activities and everything it’s managed to learn from posts and friends, .