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WhatsApp revised its privacy policy for users in European countries after a fine of €225 Million. The move comes after the Irish regulator fined the Meta-owned messaging app for violating European Union privacy rules.

Since the announcement of its new privacy policy at the start of this year, WhatsApp faced a lot of criticism. Many users even migrated to rival messaging app like Telegram and Signal. The sudden migration of users from WhatsApp forced the app to withhold its controversial privacy policy.  

After almost a year, the messaging app has to change its controversial privacy policy for its European users after being fined by the Irish regulator.

The app claim that the new privacy policy fulfills all the requirements of EU regulators about the transparency of users’ data. However, the app does not change the way it collects users’ data.

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With the implementation of the new privacy policy, the app gives more detail to users about the data it collects from them and how it collects the data. Once the new policy is implemented, users will see a new banner at the top of the chat list. When users will tap on that banner it will redirect them to the new privacy policy page.

In September of this year, the Irish regulator finned a record € 225 million to WhatsApp for violating the European regulator’s strict data privacy rules. The app on the other hand disagreed with the decision of Irish regulators and was forced to revise its privacy policy.

Previously, there was criticism on WhatsApp as it did not disclose the way it collects users’ data and how it processes all the data. So, with the updated privacy policy the app does not change the way they collect users’ data. It just gives more details on how it collects the data.

The new privacy policy will only be for the UK and other European citizens that have accepted the GDPR or European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations.

The fine of 225 million euros is the biggest ever fine imposed by the Irish regulators on WhatsApp or any other Social media platform.

While commenting on this move WhatsApp spokesperson said,

“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.”

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