WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy in Europe

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WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy in Europe. The chat app did this to make its policy more transparent to its users.

The fine came on the heels of a $252 million fine slammed on the app by regulators in Europe. The European Union privacy regulators had fined WhatsApp earlier in the year following its lack of transparency in its privacy policy.

WhatsApp, however, said its updated policy does not change how it handles user data. It however, said the new policy complies with the new European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

WhatsApp’s new policy takes effect in the UK as well as in other European countries that have adopted Europe’s GDPR.

A WhatsApp spokesperson in a statement said: “As ordered by the Irish [DPC], we have reorganised and added more detail to our Privacy Policy for people in the European Region.

We disagree with the decision and are appealing because we believe we already provided the required information to all users,” the spokesperson added.

This update does not change our commitment to user privacy or the way we operate our service, including how we process, use or share your data with anyone, including Meta.

Wherever you are in the world, we protect all personal messages with end-to-end encryption, which means no one, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to them,” they added per Sky News.

WhatsApp’s new policy does not require users to accept new terms and conditions; a condition that led to heavy criticism when it was first announced in January. 

In January, WhatsApp updated its 

privacy policy where every user was mandated to agree or stop using the app. This led to heavy criticism and backlash among its users all over the world. The Indian government asked the chat app to withdraw it.

Though WhatsApp extended the deadline and even went as far as sponsoring some newspaper ads to correct misinformation surrounding the announcement, authorities in India still want the app to backtrack.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued a strongly worded letter, saying “unilateral changes are not fair and acceptable.” 

Reminding WhatsApp that India has the largest user base globally, authorities said the new privacy policy “raises grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens.

The letter asking WhatsApp to withdraw its new policy came a day after a court in India said users are not bound to use the app and are free to uninstall it from their devices. 


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