Germany’s decision to ban WhatsApp

Johannes Caspar, Personal Data Protection Officer of the state of Hamburg, stated that Facebook does not have sufficient legal basis for processing user data and said, “This ban order aims to guarantee the rights and freedoms of millions of users who consent to the terms of use throughout Germany.” used the expression.


Stating that it will force Facebook to suspend WhatsApp user data for three months under the extraordinary powers included in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Caspar also noted that during this time, the EU will ask for a general decision on user data.

Caspar emphasized that the purpose of the decision in question was to prevent the disadvantages and damages caused by the methods used in the processing of user data.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, sparked a debate months ago. WhatsApp, which went to update the confidentiality agreement, managed to annoy the users a lot. In the new confidentiality agreement, WhatsApp announced that it can share user data with the umbrella company Facebook, and that they will no longer be able to use their accounts if the users do not agree to this.

It was noteworthy that the decision of the German Data Protection Authority preceded the expiration of WhatsApp’s “nondisclosure agreement” on May 15th. In January, WhatsApp published its new privacy policy, announcing that those who do not consent to this privacy policy will not be able to use the application as of February 15. After the reactions from all over the world, WhatsApp postponed this application to 15 May.

WhatsApp announced that users who do not consent to the privacy policy will suspend their accounts as of May 15, and these accounts will be deleted as of August.