Mark Zuckerberg acquization Whatsapp has been fined 3 million euros in Italy for insufficient transparency on data sharing with its parent company, Facebook.
WhatsApp was taken over by Facebook in 2014 and two years later, it introduced new terms of service and privacy policies that gave Facebook access to WhatsApp users’ data.
Italy’s Antitrust Regulator said
“the opportunity for WhatsApp users to refuse the handover of data to Facebook was available `but it was inadequately flagged.”
The antitrust regulator also criticised WhatsApp for introducing “unfair clauses” to its term of service, such as giving the company the right to cut off services or start charging customers without warning.
The agency also warned whatsapp that it could as well be made to pay 1% of its turnover if the body is not satisified with the measures to tackle the issue.