Privacy e Whatsapp
As for the terms of service, the most worrying aspect is the sharing of data with other companies of the Facebook Inc. group, including the social network Facebook, judged by the European Court of Justice as being incapable of guaranteeing the protection of European users' rights (Schrems II judgment of 2020).
For these reasons, the Data Protection Authority brought the matter before the EDPB, which brings together the European privacy authorities, and announced that it would take urgent measures to protect Italian users in order to ensure compliance with personal data protection legislation.
WhatsApp has quickly responded to the criticism, pointing out that the update will have no effect on European users in terms of the privacy of messages exchanged with friends and family, but will make some changes with regard to the WhatsApp Business version only. In addition, it stated that the update will provide a greater degree of transparency on the collection and use of data via the private, end-to-end encrypted messaging system.
In addition, Niamh Sweeney, Director of Policy for WhatsApp, clarified that:
- WhatsApp will not make any changes to the data-sharing practices with Facebook in the European area, continuing not to share any data that allows Facebook to improve its products and advertisements;
- if in the future there is a need to share data between the two platforms, it will be negotiated an agreement with the Irish Data Protection Commission on a mechanism that allows the use of data for this purpose.