Colombia Officials Order WhatsApp to Comply with User Data Protection Rules

The Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp does not meet with over 50% of the data protection rules of users in Columbia.

ZEE5 Web Desk

May 28, 2021

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Countless smartphone owners are regular users of WhatsApp across the globe. The Facebook-owned application is a mobile messaging platform that has been frequently talked about for a while now with respect to its privacy policies. Recently, it ran into more trouble in South America. Colombia’s top consumer protection watchdog asked WhatsApp to comply with data protection rules.

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WhatsApp has faced a lot of probe and trouble in various parts of the world regarding its privacy issues. The recent hit on the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app has come from Colombia in South America. The app has now been ordered to take significant measures that would protect the personal data of its users. The top consumer protection watchdog of Colombia is the one to have given these orders. According to the court, WhatsApp was violating half of the regulations that were in place to govern such information.

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An official stated that WhatsApp needed to comply with the rules that are in place to ensure that its users know and update the correct information about them held in databases and by companies. A regulator also made a statement that said 75% of the data protection rules in the 2012 law are clearly not being met by WhatsApp. Information of around 39 million users from a total of 50 million people in South America’s Columbia, is being collected by the Facebook-owned messaging app every month. The company has also been asked to prepare a treatment of information policies that comply with the requirements of the Columbian regulations.

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