“The order aims to secure the rights and freedoms of millions of users which are agreeing to the terms Germany-wide,” Caspar said. “We need to prevent damage and disadvantages linked to such a black-box-procedure.”
A WhatsApp spokesperson said that the order is ”a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and effect of WhatsApp’s update” adding that it ”has no legitimate basis”.
“Our recent update explains the options people have to message a business on WhatsApp and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data’’ said the spokesperson. ‘’As the Hamburg DPA’s claims are wrong, the order will not impact the continued roll-out of the update. We remain fully committed to delivering secure and private communications for everyone,” the spokesperson added, suggesting that Facebook-owned WhatsApp may be intending to ignore the order.’’