The suspension will last at least six months and aims to prevent “the abuse of a dominant position,” said a resolution published in the official bulletin.
In the meantime, the national agency that protects personal data and access to public information will lead an investigation into Facebook’s plans.
The tech giant informed WhatsApp users earlier this year that they had to consent to a new data-use policy to continue using the messaging service.
It said the suspension was necessary as the parent company “enjoys a dominant position in the market through its social media: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.”
The suspension was necessary, it said, due to the “huge asymmetry between the users and WhatsApp” that would force the majority of individuals to accept the new conditions, allowing the messaging app to “collect excessive personal details” to share with other applications in the Facebook group.
It expressed concern for the potential to exploit users and exclude competitors, and said ultimately that could affect “general economic interests.”