• Home
  • Apps
  • Apps News
  • Facebook Charged by EU for Misleading Information During WhatsApp Takeover

Facebook Charged by EU for Misleading Information During WhatsApp Takeover

Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
Facebook Charged by EU for Misleading Information During WhatsApp Takeover

European Union antitrust regulators have charged Facebook Inc with providing misleading information during its takeover of WhatsApp, opening the company to a possible fine of 1 percent of its turnover.

The statement of objections sent to Facebook will not have an impact on the approval of the $22 billion merger in 2014, the European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

The issue regards a WhatsApp privacy policy change in August in which it said it would share some users' phone numbers with parent company Facebook, triggering investigations by a number of EU data protection authorities.

(Also see: WhatsApp Suspends Giving Facebook European User Data)

The Commission said Facebook had indicated in its notification of the acquisition that it would be unable reliably to match the two companies' user accounts.

"In today's Statement of Objections, the Commission takes the preliminary view that, contrary to Facebook's statements and reply during the merger review, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook users' IDs with WhatsApp users' IDs already existed in 2014," it said.

"At this stage, the Commission therefore has concerns that Facebook intentionally, or negligently, submitted incorrect or misleading information to the Commission, in breach of its obligations under the EU Merger Regulation."

Facebook has until January 31 to respond. If the Commission's concerns are confirmed it can impose a fine on the US company of up to 1 percent of turnover.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Compact Now Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

Related Stories

 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2020. All rights reserved.
Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com