After a record sanction, WhatsApp pushes the update of data privacy to comply with the ruling

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WhatsApp pushes the update of data privacy to comply with the ruling

WhatsApp added further details to its privacy policy, flagging this information for European users after Irish regulators imposed a record fine on the chat service for violating strict EU data protection rules. Starting Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be reset to provide more information about the data it collects and how it is used.

The company also describes in more detail how to protect data exchanged across borders, its global services, and the legal basis for data processing.
Facebook’s WhatsApp, now renamed Meta-Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list directing them to new information.

WhatsApp took action after the Irish data protection service was fined €225 million ($267 million) in September for violating the European Union’s strict data protection rules on the transparency of exchanging data for people with other Facebook companies.

The chat service said it disagreed with the decision but needed to update its guidelines when it appealed. Updates don’t affect how data is processed, and users don’t have to agree to anything new or take other actions.

WhatsApp was involved in a separate privacy dispute earlier this year when it failed to update its privacy policy on multiple occasions. The update sparked a backlash from consumers turning to competing services like Telegram and Signal, an investigation by Turkey’s competition authority, Germany’s temporary ban on data collection, and complaints from EU consumer groups.

A six-hour pause in Facebook’s service last month highlighted the importance of WhatsApp to its more than 2 billion users worldwide, The Irish Data Privacy Commission is the main regulator of WhatsApp data protection under European Union regulations, as its regional headquarters are in Dublin.