Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data

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WhatsApp banned from sharing data with Facebook in Germany

Such an arrangement is only allowed if both companies make sure that people commit to it, German privacy watchdog says – which didn’t happen

The German data protection agency has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its WhatsApp messenger app and delete any data it has already received.

The social network announced in August that it would begin sharing data from its 1 billion-plus user base, including phone numbers, from WhatsApp users with Facebook for the purpose of targeted ads. It gave users the option of opting out of the data being used for advertising purposes, but did not allow them to opt out of the data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook.

WhatsApp’s hugely controversial data-sharing deal with Facebook is now officially banned in Germany.

The two companies announced last month that WhatsApp would start handing over data about its users to Facebook. Facebook would then use that data to help its ads, generating more information about the people using it.

That agreement caused huge outrage, with many people arguing that such an arrangement shouldn’t be allowed. What’s more, it caused embarrassment for WhatsApp, which has in the past committed to keeping data private and not using its platform for ads.

“This administrative order protects the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in Germany,” said Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, in a statement. “It has to be their decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook. Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened.”

source: theguardian.com, independent.co.uk

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Why I Am Glad When the Reps Take Over

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McCaine, McCaine…. tssskk… It amuses me how you fight for our rights. You want to send weapons and troops to Ukraine in order to chase the Russians away? Oh, my, did you forget your own CIA reports? Do you remember Iraq, Syria, Libya and even Afghanistan?

When the US left Iraq in 2011 they supplied the Iraqi army with weapons. As the terrorist militia then the cities of Tikrit and Mosul occupied, they conquered them with all the weapons depots full of modern American war machine. Mission failed.

In the case of Syria, the US has supported the moderate rebels in 2014 in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, parts of these rebel groups have migrated to Al-Qaeda offshoots or extremists have left their positions without a fight. So the real enemy in Syria now are in the possession of modern weapons. Mission failed.

Since 2011 America sent war equipment to Libyan rebels against Gaddafi. The recipients included the Islamic terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi committed in 2012 and the American ambassador and several diplomats killed. Mission failed.

In Afghanistan, the United States helped 1979 mujahedin rebels to fight the invasion of the USSR. The Palestinian theologian Abdullah Azzam played a central role in justifying the war against the Soviets. One of his followers was no less than Osama bin Laden. He opened a training camp for the rebels – supplied with weapons from America. Bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which developed from the training camp and is now one of the biggest enemies of the United States. Mission failed. – at least you finally got your ‘ex-brother in arms’ Bin Laden.

So, Mr McCaine – you and your 47 Reps please: SHUT UP. Neither the German chancellor nor the border minister need your moronic advice. WE do live close to the battle-field, not you.

So finally -after being a true friend to America all my life – let me emphasize that I hope you and your stupid 47 idiots will win the next election. This really gives me the chance to renounce my political friendship to America’s leaders, because such friends like you nobody needs. And when America is busted, sick of war the people hopefully learned that you and your folks are nothing but a a senile gang of ignorant war makers.

Oh yes, the best of all: we will say good bye to TTIP and Germany will have the best economical relation to Russia and we will get lots of electricity generated by nuclear power from Iran. Thanks for nothing, Mr McCaine! Mission failed.

Sally Kirtomy

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Yeah! Germany’s Rebellious New Feminists

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-Young and self-assured, feminists have started social discourse in Germany.

Femen exists in Germany for just one year, with about 30 women between the ages of 18 and 40 who are united in the fight against male domination. Wherever they appear, they find themselves in the limelight.

There is also a protocol in case of arrest: to do everything possible to prolong the protest. As soon as no cameras around, they act normally again.

The group’s ideological framework is just as simple as the rules for the topless protest. The Ukrainian founders have established three goals for Femen: the fight against forced prostitution, the struggle against the oppression of women by religion, and resistance against all manner of dictators. If they are going to use their bodies as banners, they might as well aim for some lofty goals.

Femen, Germany counts on you!

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