“This includes not only but specifically information on the exact categories of data (eg names, telephone numbers, email, postal address, etc) and the source of such (eg data from the users’ phones or data already stored on company servers) as well as a list of recipients of the data and the effects of the data transfer on the users and potential third persons.”
A spokeswoman for WhatsApp said the company was working with data protection authorities to address their questions.
“We’ve had constructive conversations, including before our update, and we remain committed to respecting applicable law,” she said. Meanwhile, the Italian antitrust watchdog also announced a separate inquiry into whether WhatsApp obliged users to agree to sharing personal data with Facebook.
Facebook has had run-ins with European privacy watchdogs in the past over its processing of users’ data.
However, the fines that regulators can levy are paltry in comparison to the revenues of the big US tech companies concerned.