26 November 2021
The messaging service WhatsApp is going to make details about its privacy rules clearer.
The move comes after officials in Ireland gave the service a record fine for breaking European Union data privacy rules.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, now named Meta Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a notice at the top of their chat list that will take them to the new information.
WhatsApp is taking the action after getting a record $267 million fine in September from Ireland's data privacy officials. The fine is for breaking European Union data protection rules on openness about sharing people's information with other Facebook companies.
The chat service said it disagreed with the decision. But it must update its rules while it appeals the decision. The update does not affect how data is processed. Users will not have to agree to anything new or take any other action.
Ireland's Data Privacy Commission is the top privacy authority for WhatsApp under European Union rules because WhatsApp's headquarters is in Dublin.
A six-hour outage of Facebook services in October showed how important WhatsApp has become for its more than 2 billion users worldwide.
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John Russell adapted this story from an Associated Press report. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.
Words in This Story
global –adj. involving the whole world
update – n. a change or addition to computer software that includes the most recent information
chat – n. a talk held over the Internet or text message
authority –n. : the power to give orders or make decisions; the power or right to direct or control someone or something