The company says it will not collect any other data and users do not have to agree to the terms again. In the banner WhatsApp explains the changes on three points:
There are more details about what data is collected and used, why data is kept, when it is deleted and what data WhatsApp receives from other parties. There are more details about why data is shared internationally and how it is protected. is explained in more detail on which legal grounds data is processed.
The adjustments are therefore in response to a fine of 225 million euros imposed in September by the Irish privacy watchdog. President Helen Dixon then spoke of “very serious” offenses and stated that the law had been broken on four counts.
What was striking about that case was that Dixon himself initially wanted to impose a much lower fine; under pressure from other privacy watchdogs in the EU, that amount rose.
It is not yet clear whether the Irish authority finds the adjustments sufficient. WhatsApp emphasizes that it disagrees with the decision and has appealed it.