The messaging service WhatsApp is going to make details about its privacy rules clearer.
The move comes after officials in Ireland gave the service a record fine for breaking European Union data privacy rules.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, now named Meta Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a notice at the top of their chat list that will take them to the new information.
WhatsApp is taking the action after getting a record $267 million fine in September from Ireland's data privacy officials. The fine is for breaking European Union data protection rules on openness about sharing people's information with other Facebook companies.
The chat service said it disagreed with the decision. But it must update its rules while it appeals the decision. The update does not affect how data is processed. Users will not have to agree to anything new or take any other action.
Ireland's Data Privacy Commission is the top privacy authority for WhatsApp under European Union rules because WhatsApp's headquarters is in Dublin.
今年早些时候，WhatsApp卷入了一场单独的隐私纠纷。（当时该公司）对其隐私政策的不同更新引发了用户被迫同意与Facebook共享更多数据的担忧。该更新导致一些用户转向了诸如 Telegram 和 Signal之类的其它服务。它还导致土耳其竞争监管机构对其展开了一项调查，德国暂时禁止其收集数据以及其它欧盟机构采取行动。
A six-hour outage of Facebook services in October showed how important WhatsApp has become for its more than 2 billion users worldwide.
I'm John Russell.