Turkey investigates Facebook's decision to collect WhatsApp data

The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it opened an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc. after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook collect personal data.

The Competition Board ruled that the data collection requirement will be halted until the probe is complete, according to a statement on Twitter on Monday.

Turkey’s presidency and Defence Ministry announced over the weekend that they will transfer their Whatsapp groups to Turkcell’s BiP encrypted messaging app.

WhatsApp Inc.’s updated terms and services, effective on Feb. 8, will allow the app service to share data, such as phone numbers  with Facebook, a social media giant criticised for practices invasive to user privacy. Users must agree to the new terms, which would allow for more targeted advertisements, or lose access to their accounts at WhatsApp.