In September, Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC) fined popular messaging app $266 million (€255 million) over its personal data sharing practices with Facebook, now Meta, and other Meta companies.
The watchdog initially proposed a fine of between €30 million- €50 million, but after consulting with regulators in other EU countries, increased the amount to €225 million.
In addition to issuing the fine, the watchdog ordered WhatsApp to change its policies in the UK and Europe. Now, WhatsApp is appealing the fine, but is amending its policy in Europe and the UK.
“We know that privacy is a top concern for our users, so we want to be very clear: this update does not change the way we operate our service, including how we process, use or share your data with anyone, including our parent company Meta.” the company said in a statement.