WhatsApp Is Fined €3m in Italy for Violating Data Sharing Policy.

Few months earlier, Facebook updated privacy policy of WhatsApp asking users’ consent to collect data with the messaging app’s parent company. However, in a ruling earlier last week, the Italian authority figure responsible for protecting users from sharing data said that WhatsApp made its users to believe that they would not be able to use the messaging service unless they shared their personal data with Facebook after investigation of the matter was launched earlier last year.

The authority said that Facebook had put excessive emphasis on the need to agree the new terms and conditions in order to make the social media experience easier. However, WhatsApp said that they will continue to work with the authorities. It said, “We’re reviewing the decision, and we look forward to responding to officials.”

Earlier last September, Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued an order to stop Facebook from collecting and storing data from WhatsApp users. Given that it’s far from the last time Facebook or its other services will be accused of such violations, it’ll be interesting to see if the company decides to revise its privacy policies.

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