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Parliamentary questions
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12 January 2021
P-000127/2021
Priority question for written answer  P-000127/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Engin Eroglu (Renew)
 Subject: Change to conditions of use for WhatsApp

WhatsApp is currently telling its users that it will be changing its conditions of use from 8 February 2021. Users are being asked to agree with their data being shared with other Facebook products.

WhatsApp was originally a separate service before being bought by Facebook in 2014 for USD 19 billion.(1)

The Commission investigated the acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 and concluded that the amalgamation was lawful.(2)

At the time, however, Facebook promised WhatsApp customers that it would keep data separate in the two applications.(3)

1. Are the EU data protection authorities investigating this planned change?

2. Was the promised separation of data in Facebook and WhatsApp a relevant factor in approving the amalgamation?

3. If it was, what possibilities does the Commission see for a reassessment?

(1)https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article125021667/Facebook-kauft-WhatsApp-fuer-19-Milliarden-Dollar.html
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_14_1088
(3)https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/it-medien/facebook-uebernimmt-regie-was-der-whatsapp-verkauf-fuer-die-nutzer-bedeutet/9514844.html
Original language of question: DE
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