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WhatsApp finally updates its privacy policy after a €225 million fine

Usman Aslam Written by Usman Aslam · 45 sec read>

For quite a while the ever-popular messaging platform WhatsApp has faced numerous controversies for its policies and potentially using private information which then forced users to move on to more secure messaging applications such as Signal. However, as of now, the application has been forced to update its privacy policy after a record fine of €225 million.

However, according to WhatsApp, this does not change how the application collects data but simply meets the requirements of the European Union privacy regulators regarding transparency.

The new policy change will soon be effective in numerous European countries and would hopefully move globally. It is to be noted that due to the failure of WhatsApp to inform its users how does it collect data, the Irish DPC, EU’s top privacy regulator for Meta and other social media companies issued a fine which is said to be the biggest in history.

According to a spokesperson from WhatsApp:

“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.”

Written by Usman Aslam
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