South Africa’s information regulator says it is considering legal action over messaging service WhatsApp’s plan to share user data with parent company Facebook.
The regulator considers that the move violates the country’s protection of personal information laws.
It said it had written to WhatsApp asking it to revise the policy to conform to the standard used in the European Union – but that it had received no agreement.
“Under the circumstances the regulator is briefing attorneys to prepare an opinion on the way forward in terms of litigation,” it said in a statement.
The terms will take effect on Saturday.