WhatsApp and Yahoo both received letters from the Article 29 Working Party warning the companies about possible violations of EU data protection rules, The Wall Street Journal reports. The regulators' concern stems from WhatsApp’s data sharing agreement with Facebook, and both Yahoo’s massive 2014 data breach, and allegations it scanned incoming user emails for U.S. law enforcement agencies. The data protection regulators are requesting the companies provide more information on the problems and could eventually launch their own investigations into the incidents, possibly resulting in fines. A WhatsApp spokeswoman said the company is working with the WP29 to answer any questions on the subject, while a Yahoo spokesperson wasn’t available for comment. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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