WhatsApp urges privacy update to comply with Irish judgment – archyde

LONDON (AP) – WhatsApp is adding more details to its privacy policy, flagging this information for European users after Irish regulators beat the chat service with a record fine for violating strict EU data protection rules.

As of Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be reorganized to provide more information about the data collected and how it is used. The company also explains how it protects data shared across borders for its global service and the legal basis for processing the data.

WhatsApp belongs to Facebook, 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 the new information.

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The chat service said it disagreed with the decision but needs to update its policy while it appeals. The update does not affect the handling of data and users do not have to agree to anything new or take any other action.

The Irish Data Protection Commission is the lead data protection regulator for WhatsApp under European Union regulations as its regional headquarters are in Dublin.

WhatsApp was embroiled in a separate privacy controversy earlier this year when it botched another update to its privacy policy that raised concerns that users were being forced to consent to share more of their data with Facebook. This update sparked a backlash from users switching to competing services like Telegram and Signal, an investigation by Turkey’s competition regulator, a temporary German ban on data collection, and a complaint from EU consumer groups.

A six hour downtime in Facebook services last month demonstrated the importance of WhatsApp to its more than 2 billion users worldwide.

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