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German consumer group sues WhatsApp over data collection policy

VZBV, a German consumer group, took Facebook Inc.-owned WhatsApp Inc. to court over Whatsapp's policy regarding the collection and transferring of user data between the two platforms, Bloomberg News reported.

WhatsApp in August 2016 changed its privacy terms to allow for some data transfer with Facebook, the current suit challenges the terms, stating that each consumer should be able to make their own decision regarding which data is revealed and how it is used.

WhatsApp maintains that its policy updates are fully compliant with the law and give clear and simple explanations of how the service works, thereby enabling users to choose how their data is used.

The European Commission recently accused Facebook of providing misleading information when the commission conducted a probe into the social networking giant's acquisition of WhatsApp. The allegations stemmed from WhatsApp's move to share user data with Facebook for product development and advertising purposes. WhatsApp has since scrapped the strategy in the region following pressure from EU privacy watchdogs.