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The Personal Data Protection Board Requested Information From WhatsApp

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Faruk Bilir, President of the Personal Data Protection Authority, stated that they requested information and documents from WhatsApp, whose investigation was initiated. Bilir stated in his statement that the investigation, which started on January 12, continues.

WhatsApp, the digital messaging service that has changed its terms of service in the past weeks, with new privacy policies it had become the target of criticism. While many users around the world are turning to alternative applications such as Telegram and Signal to protest the new terms of WhatsApp, decision makers are also WhatsApp about examination had started.

In this context, who started an investigation about WhatsApp Personal Data Protection Board, informed the company that information and documents were requested. Stating that the examination is carried out in terms of basic principles, data processing conditions, data transfer abroad and elements of explicit consent and whether explicit consent is bound to the service condition, Faruk Bilir, Chairman of the Personal Data Protection Board, On January 12 stated that the investigation initiated continues.

WhatsApp extended the time given to users until May 15:

Announcing its new privacy policy earlier this year WhatsApphad sent users a notification to accept these updated policies. Users are required to agree to new terms that include sharing many personal data such as account information, messages, and location information with companies serving Facebook. Until February 8 It was stated that those who did not accept the terms and conditions could not use the application when the period expired.

WhatsApp, which received a great reaction from users regarding this decision, said in a statement. “European Region” It announced that its users would be exempt from this update, and the data of users in this region will not be shared with Facebook companies.

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Having made another decision following the reactions, the company 15 May 2021 announced that it was delayed until the date. Despite this, many users continue to delete WhatsApp from their phones and switch to alternative apps like Telegram and Signal.

Source :
https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/kisisel-verileri-koruma-kurulu-whatsapptan-bilgi-ve-belge-talep-etti-1810071

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