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Facebook faces German WhatsApp data ban

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Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that the social network had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million German users.

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19bn (£14.6bn) in 2014 as a way to reach out to a younger audience.

It is to appeal against the order.

“We will work with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns,” it said in a statement.

The data watchdog said that Facebook and WhatsApp were independent companies and should process their users’ data as such.

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured [users] that data will not be shared between them,” said commissioner Johannes Caspar in a statement.

WhatsApp caused controversy in August when it announced that it was changing its privacy policy to allow its data to be shared with its parent company.

It said that better co-ordination with Facebook would help it to fight spam as well as allowing Facebook to offer “better friends suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them”.

It will share phone numbers and the details of the last time that users signed on to WhatsApp.

EU and US regulators reacted with caution, saying that the update needed to be investigated. The UK’s Information Commissioner is also looking into the changes.

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AFCON: Nigerians reaction to $25,000 reward to goals against South Africa.

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Nigerians on social media have expressed mixed reactions towards the offer of a $25,000 cash reward to the national football team for every goal scored in Saturday’s cup of nations qualifier against South Africa.

The offer was made by the governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta state region, Ifeanyi Okowa, who visited the Super Eagles in a training session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Wednesday.



Nigeria, will be playing to win the match in Johannesburg, in order to secure a place at the African Nations Cup (AFCON) in Cameroon next year.

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Nigeria tops the qualification group with nine points, closely followed by South Africa on eight points.

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While it is not unusual for politicians to offer cash rewards to national football teams in Nigeria and Africa, some argued on social media that the money could be better spent on service delivery.

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Nigerian Government approves N206bn contract for Second Niger bridge

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Minister of power, Mr Babatunde Fashola has praised the federal government for awarding N206 billion contract to Julius Berger Construction Company for the main work on the second Niger Bridge when speaking to the newsmen in Abuja.



Mr Fashola told the reporters, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road alongside with Second Niger Bridge project would be funded under presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), Which calls for no stop of work on account of lack of funding.

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According to him, the present administration is determine to complete the project. hopefully the bridge will be completed in 36 months.

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He said that the early works were preliminary projects to be completed before the main work, adding that all the early works were done in the river and not visible from the existing bridge.

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the award of the main work, there would be a lot of piling works in the water and that is what people would see.

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