In other words, Facebook can now combine data from the various services it owns, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, to better target users with advertisements, which is how the huge social network is making money.
As the publication notes, Facebook’s ambiguous choice of words leave the company plenty of “wiggle room” when it comes handling the collection of private data.
“I think it’s problematic that Facebook wants to exchange user data between all of its various units, including WhatsApp and Instagram,” Hamburg privacy regulator Johannes Caspar told Bloomberg. “I will coordinate with my various European colleagues to see what action may be needed.”
Facebook says that, as a company headquartered in Ireland, it abides to local privacy requirements.