The latest from the Meta-owned instant messaging platform, WhatsApp is that the company has agreed to be open about its changes in privacy policies which were introduced back in 2021.
WhatsApp was told by the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) and European Network of consumer authorities that it hadn’t clarified the changes in plain and intelligible language which in fact is a violation of the bloc’s law.
And based on the authorities of these bodies, they can literally sanction companies for breaches.
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In order to comply, WhatsApp has now agreed to explain its changes to EU users’ contracts as well as how these could affect their rights. The company has also agreed to display prominently the possibility for users to accept or reject the changes and ensure that users can easily close pop-up notifications on updates.
WhatsApp is also still standing by its rules stating that users’ personal data is never shared with third-party companies or even other Meta-owned businesses such as Facebook for advertisement purposes.
The company also confirmed that users’ personal data is not shared with third parties or other Meta companies, including Facebook, for advertising purposes.
“Consumers have a right to understand what they agree to and what that choice entails concretely so that they can decide whether they want to continue using the platform,” Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said.