Owners of the WhatsApp messenger reject accusations in Germany that they have transferred metadata from users to their parent company Facebook. Messages in the messenger are “protected by end-to-end encryption”, they can only be read by direct interlocutors, the German edition of Handelsblatt quotes the words of a representative of WhatsApp.
Earlier, German government commissioner for personal data protection Ulrich Kelber warned federal ministries and agencies against using this application for information exchange. In his opinion, metadata is already transferred when messages are sent. Kelber urged that data protection should be respected and not neglected “even in these difficult times,” when the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the need to change the way public institutions communicate, DW reports.
WhatsApp was founded in 2009. In 2014, the messenger was acquired by Facebook. It has an audience of over 2 billion people.