WhatsApp has until the end of February to clarify privacy policy changes, EU says

Brussels — Facebook unit WhatsApp was provided until the end of February to explain the changes to the privacy policy and whether it complies with EU consumer protection laws in response to complaints from consumer groups, the European Commission said. Said on Thursday.

The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) and eight of its members have expressed dissatisfaction with the European network of EU executives and consumer authorities, and WhatsApp accepts a new privacy policy that allows sharing with Facebook and other data. Group companies that said they are unreasonably putting pressure on users.

Didier Lendels, an EU judiciary, said he shared his concerns and asked WhatsApp to clarify his policy and comply with EU consumer protection laws.

“WhatsApp needs to come back to us by the end of February with a concrete commitment on how to deal with our concerns,” he said in a statement.

Areas of concern include whether the company provides sufficient information about the new Terms of Service and whether the notices prompting users to agree to the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are fair.

The Commission also said it was concerned about the exchange of user’s personal data between WhatsApp and third parties or other Facebook / Meta companies.

“We look forward to explaining to the European Commission how to comply with EU law obligations and protect user privacy,” a WhatsApp spokeswoman said.

Hu Yun Qi