Users of WhatsApp and Snapchat can’t restrict access to phone book.
The German tyre manufacturer Continental automotive components and forbade the employees to use instant messengers WhatsApp and Snapchat because of the insufficient protection of user data. As reported on Tuesday newspaper Handelsblatt, the ban only applies to phone service.
Mobile applications have access to sensitive data, e.g. phone book. Thus, these third parties are under threat, the newspaper said.
“We consider unacceptable the unilateral transfer on the user of responsibility to comply with the act on personal data protection,” said Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart.
According to the representatives of Continental, the users of WhatsApp and Snapchat can’t restrict access to phone book. The ban, which came into force Tuesday, is designed to protect employees of Continental and business partners. The new policy will affect about 36 million mobile devices worldwide.
New Regulations on personal data protection (General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR), the EU entered into force on may 25, and, in particular, obliges Internet resources to give users wide possibilities for technical control of their personal data including full removal of all personal information. If the operators of the web sites will be convicted of violations of the rules, they will be fined, the amount of which may reach 4% of their annual turnover.
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