WhatsApp privacy policy tweaked after record fine

WHATSAPP has decided to rewrite its privacy policy following a huge protection fine.

The Irish data protection watchdog issued a €225m (£190m) fine and ordered WhatsApp to change its policies.

WhatsApp is appealing against the fine, but is amending its policy documents in Europe and the UK to comply.

However, it insists that nothing about its actual service is changing.

Instead, the tweaks are designed to “add additional detail around our existing practices”, and will only appear in the European version of the privacy policy, which is already different from the version that applies in the rest of the world.

“There are no changes to our processes or contractual agreements with users, and users will not be required to agree to anything or to take any action in order to continue using WhatsApp,” the company said, announcing the change.

The new policy takes effect immediately.


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