At the beginning of September 2021, the EU fined WhatsApp 225 million euros for infringing privacy, as it considered that did not respect the conditions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR for its acronym in English), which governs in Spain and the rest of the European Union.
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Basically the update tries to justify to the EU the use that WhatsApp makes of the data, adding details that the company considers that the GDPR would be requiring it, despite the fact that it has already declared that it does not agree with the fine and that it plans to appeal it in court.
In addition, it goes into detail that the personal data is sent to the United States, United Kingdom and Israel, something important because each of those countries have different privacy regulations.
The data they send includes the telephone number, identifier and model of our mobile and account identifier. Also less relevant details, such as the version of WhatsApp that we use and the prefix of our country, or other more delicate ones that include the hours of WhatsApp usage, the time of registration and last connection.
At first, no data is being shared with the Facebook social network, or at least the company has committed to it while not reaching an agreement with the European Commission on the matter.
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