WhatsApp under scrutiny as Germany probes messaging apps
German regulators will be investigating Whatsapp and other messaging platforms
who will check how they handle users’ personal information and whether being able to send messages between different providers could boost privacy.
The German Federal Cartel Office has opened a sector inquiry into courier services, citing possible violations of consumer protection law. It is said that the investigation could also help regulators “better understand" whether allowing apps to send messages to each other might prompt users to choose services that do more to protect privacy.
"It is questionable whether and to what extent these services protect personal data," said Andreas Mundt, chairman of the regulator in the statement.