WhatsApp pushes privacy update to comply with Irish ruling

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WhatsApp is adding more details to its privacy policy and flagging that information for European users after Irish regulators fined the chat service a record fine for violating strict EU data privacy rules.

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Starting Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be restructured to provide more information about the data it collects and its use. The company said it is also detailing how it protects data shared across borders for its global service and the legal foundation to process the data.

WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, now renamed as Meta Platform. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list leading them to new information.

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WhatsApp is following the action The record is being hit with 225 million euros A $267 million fine from Ireland’s data privacy watchdog in September for violating stringent EU data protection rules on transparency about the sharing of people’s data with other Facebook companies.

The chat service said it disagrees with the decision, but will have to follow through by updating its policy when appealing. The update does not affect how the data is handled, and users will not be required to agree to do anything new or take any other action.

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Ireland’s Data Privacy Commission is the principal privacy regulator for WhatsApp under EU rules as it has its regional headquarters in Dublin.

WhatsApp was embroiled in a separate privacy dispute earlier this year, when it scuttled a separate update to its privacy policy, raising concerns that users would be forced to agree to share more of their data with Facebook. being forced to. That update sparked backlash from users who Switched to rival services Like Telegram and Signal, an Tested by Turkey’s Competition sentinel, one temporary german ban on collecting data, and Complaints by EU consumer groups,

a Facebook services suspended for six hours Last month highlighted how important WhatsApp has become to its more than 2 billion users across the world.

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