Turkey fines WhatsApp €197,000 over controversial privacy update

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By AFP  •  Updated: 03/09/2021 - 22:44

WhatsApp was wide    criticised for asking users to consent to much  of their information  being shared with Facebook.

WhatsApp was wide criticised for asking users to consent to much of their information being shared with Facebook.   -   Copyright  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP

Turkey's information extortion authorization has fined WhatsApp astir €200,000 for violating privateness rules.

The Facebook-owned messaging level had "not intelligibly stated" however it would process its users' information and for what purpose.

WhatsApp has to instrumentality "the indispensable measures to debar processing idiosyncratic information contrary to the law", the Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) said.

The KVKK announced that it had fined WhatsApp 1,950,000 Turkish lira (€197,000) and ordered the app to bring its privateness argumentation successful enactment with Turkey's laws.

The authorisation comes conscionable 1 time aft WhatsApp was fined a grounds €225m by Ireland's information privateness watchdog for breaking strict EU regulations.

Facebook has besides been fined by Russian authorities for failing to store WhatsApp users' information connected section servers.

WhatsApp came nether occurrence successful January aft it asked its users to let the app to stock much information with Facebook.

The Turkish authorization said it had sanctioned WhatsApp due to the fact that it nary longer offered users "free will".

"Users are obliged to springiness their consent to the declaration arsenic a whole," the authorization said successful a statement.

Euronews has contacted WhatsApp for a connection connected the fine.

In January, Turkish authorities urged citizens to usage a section messaging application, BiP, developed by mobile telephone relation Turkcell, alternatively of WhatsApp.

Several Turkish institutions announced they had begun utilizing BiP to pass with journalists. Rival messaging apps Signal and Telegram person besides seen a abrupt summation successful request successful Turkey.

The Head of Turkey's Digital Transformation Office has said that overseas applications airs superior information risks to Ankara.

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