The Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which acts as Facebook’s European regulatory body, confirmed to FT that the company had suspended European data collection since last week.
The change in data gathering means that WhatsApp users across Europe will no longer have select information shared with Facebook, including the phone number a user verifies during the registration process and the last time a user accessed the service.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, but only began collecting data from users of the chat service in August this year. In September, German authorities ordered a halt to the practice in the country after ruling that it was an infringement of national data protection law.
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