WhatsApp has agreed to stop sharing data with Facebook (its parent company) until the two companies can do so in a manner that complies with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU). the EU according to a report ofTechCrunch .
The news comes after the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) concluded an investigation into the two companies to determine whether WhatsApp could legally share user data with Facebook under UK law.
The ICO report found that WhatsApp and Facebook cannot share data beyond WhatsApp using Facebook for basic data processing.
France also ordered Facebook and WhatsApp to stop sharing data, requiring the companies to stop within a month. Both the French and UK rulings in WhatsAp and Facebook are still early cases at the country level.
But when GDPR comes into force in May, similar privacy protection rules will apply across the EU.