Europe's data protection watchdog the Article 29 Working Party is now looking into WhatsApp after it said that it would begin sharing user data with its parent company Facebook. The group said it would take proper action.
She adds that the group will act accordingly and take action to clarify the points of concern. Falque-Pierrotin also said they ensure that principles and rights outlined in European and national Data Protection laws are upheld consistently across the EU.
A WhatsApp spokeswoman said that they are closely working data protection authorities to address their questions. "We've had constructive conversations, including before our update, and we remain committed to respecting the applicable law," she said.
This is not the first time WhatsApp parent company Facebook has had encounters with Europe's privacy watchdogs. The social media giant had run-ins with these watchdogs in the past over the processing of users' data.
It's hard to see this changing anytime soon, though. The fines that regulators can levy pales in comparison to the big revenues that concerned U.S. tech companies earn.