WhatsApp pushes the update of data privacy to comply with the ruling
The company also describes in more detail how to protect data exchanged across borders, its global services, and the legal basis for data processing.
Facebook’s WhatsApp, now renamed Meta-Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list directing them to new information.
WhatsApp took action after the Irish data protection service was fined €225 million ($267 million) in September for violating the European Union’s strict data protection rules on the transparency of exchanging data for people with other Facebook companies.
The chat service said it disagreed with the decision but needed to update its guidelines when it appealed. Updates don’t affect how data is processed, and users don’t have to agree to anything new or take other actions.
A six-hour pause in Facebook’s service last month highlighted the importance of WhatsApp to its more than 2 billion users worldwide, The Irish Data Privacy Commission is the main regulator of WhatsApp data protection under European Union regulations, as its regional headquarters are in Dublin.