Turkey joins Russia and Ireland in fining WhatsApp

Turkey joins Russia and Ireland in fining WhatsApp
Turkey joins Russia and Ireland in fining WhatsApp

Turkey fined WhatsApp for violating personal data protection regulations; This comes a day after the Irish digital authority imposed a record penalty on the messaging app for a similar reason.
The Turkish Authority for the Protection of Personal Data fined WhatsApp 19,500,000 Turkish liras (197.366 euros) for failing to take “the necessary measures to avoid processing personal data in a way that violates the law,” the organization announced in a statement.
WhatsApp, a subsidiary of social media giant Facebook, came under fire in January after asking nearly two billion users to agree to new terms of service that allow it to share more data with Facebook.
The decision came a day after Ireland, which includes Facebook’s European headquarters, imposed a record fine of 225 million euros on WhatsApp for similar violations.
Russia also fined WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter in August for not storing Russian users’ data on local servers.
The Turkish authority said that it had punished “WhatsApp” because the application began to rob users of “the freedom of will.”
“Users are obligated to give their consent to the entire contract,” she added.
In January, Turkish authorities urged their citizens to prioritize the use of a local messaging app, BIP, developed by mobile operator Turkcell.


Turkey joins Russia Ireland fining WhatsApp

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