Germany’s data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go
18 May 2020 | 2:00 pm
Germany's data privacy chief has told federal bodies not to use WhatsApp, amid concerns that it feeds Facebook with data. Ulrich Kelber said it appeared that the government has failed to establish enough safe services.
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