Following an investigation, the Irish data protection watchdog issued a €225m (£190m) fine, the second-largest in history over GDPR and ordered WhatsApp to change its policies, reported the BBC.
WhatsApp is appealing against the fine, but is amending its policy documents in Europe and the UK to comply.
“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. In January, WhatsApp users complained about an update to the company’s terms that many believed would result in data being shared with parent company Facebook, which is now called Meta.
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