In September, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) slammed WhatsApp with a whopping €225m fine for failing to comply with GDPR legislation in Europe and ordered Whatsapp to change its privacy policies. Although WhatsApp is appealing against the fine, it is rewriting its policy documents in Europe and the UK to comply.
WhatsApp updated privacy policies for Europe
How does it start?
Users complained about the new privacy policies updated by WhatsApp in January that would result in data being shared with the parent company now called Meta. The users were asked to accept the new terms and conditions, or their accounts will be blocked. Since then, Telegram and Signal have achieved new heights of popularity; millions of WhatsApp users flocked to the rival messaging platform that offers end-to-end encryption.
Signal was downloaded globally 246,000 times a week before WhatsApp announced the change on 4 January and 8.8 million times a week after. Telegram has proved even more popular, with downloads booming globally from 6.5 million for the week beginning 28 December to 11 million over the following week.