A German consumer group has filed a lawsuit against WhatsApp over its data collecting and sharing practices.
The Federation of German Consumer Organisation (VZBV) said on Monday (30 January) that it had filed a suit at Berlin's state court claiming that WhatsApp "collects and stores data in part illegally and passes them on to Facebook".
It noted that the use of European WhatsApp users' data for products and advertising purposes on Facebook had been "temporarily paused" to allow for discussions with officials.
"While WhatsApp will continue to operate as a separate service from Facebook, we plan to share some information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies that will allow us to coordinate more and improve experiences across our services and those of Facebook and the Facebook family," the company explained. WhatApp's policy had irked data protection advocates in Germany and around the world.