In September 2021, WhatsApp was fined 225 million euros by the Data Protection Commission (DPC). The Irish privacy watchdog ruled that WhatsApp was not transparent enough to its users. The chat service is said to be unclear about what data the company collects and shares with other companies, including parent company Meta.
WhatsApp did not comply with European privacy legislation and received a huge fine. This is not the highest GDPR fine ever handed out. Earlier this year, Amazon was fined $746 million in privacy by the Luxembourg regulator CNPD.
WhatsApp changes the wording, but in practice, nothing changes. The chat service also informs you that messages are always encrypted. This means that only the sender and receiver can see the messages. WhatsApp has announced that there are no changes in the working method or in the contractual agreements with users. “Users are not required to agree to new terms or take any action to continue using WhatsApp,” WhatsApp said.
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