WhatsApp told the antitrust body that the policy update, which became effective in May, raised no competition law concerns, according to a copy of the antitrust order reviewed by Reuters.
The 21-page order also asked its investigation unit to conduct the probe and submit a report within 60 days. Such probes typically take several months.
WhatsApp’s conduct in sharing users’ data with other Facebook firms, in a way that is “neither fully transparent nor based on voluntary and specific user consent,” appears unfair to users, the watchdog added.
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