WhatsApp pushes privacy update to comply with Irish ruling
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which is now renamed Meta Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list that will take them to the new information.
WhatsApp is taking the action after being hit with a record 225 million euros ($267 million) fine in September by an Irish data privacy watchdog for violating strict European Union data protection rules on transparency around people’s data sharing with other Facebook companies.
The chat service said it did not agree with the decision, but that it should comply by updating its policy while the appeal is lodged. The update does not affect how the data is processed, and users will not have to agree to anything new or take any other action.
The Ireland Data Privacy Commission is the main regulator of WhatsApp privacy under EU rules because its regional headquarters is in Dublin.
Facebook’s six-hour outage last month highlighted how important WhatsApp is to more than 2 billion users around the world.
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