Ms Denham added she was pleased WhatsApp had signed the agreement to cease sharing until it can do so in compliance with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into force in May.
After an investigation the ICO has ruled conclusively that no, WhatsApp is not allowed to share user data with Facebook, but there isn't any evidence it has done.
WhatsApp was ordered to stop sharing personal data with Facebook in November 2016 after the ICO, which opened an investigation into the matter in August that year, said it had concerns that Facebook wasn't being "fully transparent" over its WhatsApp data filching.More news: Stock to Track: Waddell & Reed Financial (WDR)
Fast forward to today, and WhatsApp has pledged not to share European Union user data with its parent company. Both UK and France respective rulings are in early cases on a country level.
This change prompted outrage among WhatsApp users and European regulators.More news: 'The Cher Show' sews up costume designer Bob Mackie
No WhatsApp user data has been shared with Facebook yet for the purposes of improving "Facebook ads and products experiences".
Since her appointment in July 2016, information commissioner Elizabeth Denham has regularly said consumer trust is "essential" to achieving growth, and can be best achieved by following the law and following the principle of privacy by design. The technical term for such sharing is that WhatsApp can use Facebook as a data processor.
As WhatsApp has agreed not to share data with Facebook, for now at least, the firm has not incurred a financial penalty.More news: The Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Position Cut by Sheets Smith Wealth Management
WhatsApp has agreed not to share United Kingdom user data with owner Facebook, which ostensibly wanted to use it to improve the ads that show up in people's Facebook feeds. I would also like to stress that signing an undertaking is not the end of story and I will closely monitor WhatsApp's adherence to it. It also provides a stronger emphasis on effective transparency and accessible information for the public.