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PRIVACY: Local Court rules WhatsApp users must get consent from all of their contacts to lawfully use the service

Local Court of Bad Hersfeld (family division), docket-no. F 120/17 EASO, 15 July 2017

The decision, made by the family division of the Local Court in Bad Hersfeld in Germany, focused on the use of WhatsApp by young children and the ramifications for parental duties concerning their children’s welfare. The decision received broad attention and press coverage because it dealt with a rather sensitive subject: the use of WhatsApp, and because the ruling appeared to make the use of WhatsApp impractical, if not unlawful.

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