Warning from German Federal Authority to All Government Institutions: Do not use WhatsApp2 min read

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German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Ulrich Kelber sent a letter with the instruction to state institutions not to use WhatsApp, saying that Facebook obtained the metadata on WhatsApp.

According to the report by the German newspaper Handelsblatt, German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Ulrich Kelber warned all state institutions not to use WhatsApp. Saying that WhatsApp, which belongs to Facebook, transmits the metadata to Facebook every time a message is sent, Kelber said that WhatsApp can thus access the company’s IP address, location data, information about the smartphone and operating system, and the date and time the message was sent.

Speaking to the newspaper after Kelber’s statement, the WhatsApp official said that WhatsApp did not transmit user data to Facebook. “WhatsApp cannot read them because the messages are encrypted by default,” said the official, saying that the messages can only be read by those who are messaging with each other, Facebook does not have access to these messages.

On the other hand, German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Ulrich Kelber said that the experts who access this data; He added that he can create a user profile by adding information such as business, financial situation, hobbies, diseases. Who is right about this, of course, we do not know, but Facebook has a criminal record at this point. It has been understood that Facebook has indirectly affected the US elections in the past years and many people have deleted Facebook in this process.

Is it enough to delete Facebook?

Even though Facebook says that it is constantly increasing its security measures and that it is more careful than before, users continue to leave Facebook. Of course, there is a mind-blowing question here. Is it enough to delete Facebook? As you know, Facebook is also the owner of Instagram and WhatsApp. So even if you delete Facebook, if you use these platforms, your information will still reach Facebook.

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