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WhatsApp sends users mysterious pop-ups about their personal data – here’s what it means

The MYSTERY banner is appearing at the top of everyone’s WhatsApp chats.

The pop-up starts rolling out to users in Europe on Monday and highlights how the app uses your data – here’s what it all means.

A mysterious banner is appearing at the top of everyone's WhatsApp chats

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A mysterious banner is appearing at the top of everyone’s WhatsApp chatsCredit: Getty

What is a WhatsApp banner?

A banner appears above your chats in the app and mentions an update to WhatsApp’s privacy policy.

The changes are the result of an ongoing legal conflict with WhatsApp’s European data protection regulator, the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC).

You can tap the banner to learn more about the changes – or simply ignore it.

According to the company, there’s nothing that users have to agree to, and the changes to the policy won’t affect how you use WhatsApp.

The banner appears only for users in Europe. It does not affect people in the United States.

What does WhatsApp banner mean?

The warning lets users know that WhatsApp is providing more information about how WhatsApp works and uses your data.

It was in response to the IDPC ruling in September that WhatsApp was not in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR is designed to protect the data and privacy of people in the European Union.

According to the ruling, WhatsApp was not transparent enough with users about how it collected and handled their data.

The company was fined $267 million for its troubles.

As of November 22, WhatsApp has added more information about this to its privacy policy to comply with the ruling.

The company says that the changes don’t affect their services or your private conversations, which remain protected and encrypted.

It basically means you can continue to use the app as before and don’t need to worry about the messages or data you have stored on it.

“As always, we can’t read or listen to your private conversations, because they
end-to-end encrypted,” WhatsApp said on its website.

WhatsApp said it is challenging the IDPC ruling but has made changes to its policy to comply with it soon.

A spokesperson said: “By order of the Irish Data Protection Commission, we have reorganized and added more detail to our Privacy Policy for people in the European Region.

“We disagree with this decision and are appealing because we believe we have provided the necessary information to all of our users.

“This update does not change our commitment to user privacy or the way we operate our services, including how we process, use or share your data with us. anyone, including Meta.

“Wherever you are in the world, we protect all private messages with end-to-end encryption, which means no one, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to them.”

WhatsApp privacy failure

The unexpected pop-up is a disturbing echo of the privacy bungle implemented by WhatsApp earlier this year.

In January, the chat app sent out a notice to users to inform about changes to its privacy policy and terms.

In the new terms, the company says it reserves the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.

That sparked a global outcry, and new users flocked to rival private messaging apps including Telegram and Signal.

Users on the social network expressed concern that the change to WhatsApp’s terms of service puts their personal data at risk.

Some argue that the new rules gave Meta, then still known as Facebook, the right to read your private messages. WhatsApp has denied the allegations.

The California company emphasized that the update is focused on allowing users to message with businesses.

It added that the update does not affect individual chats, which continue to be protected with end-to-end encryption.

However, the damage was done. The debacle has exposed deep distrust between WhatsApp users and Meta, which has a long history of disregarding user privacy for its own financial gain.

Meta has rolled out business tools on WhatsApp over the past year as it moves to increase revenue from the app.

It acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and is still looking for effective ways to monetize it.

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In other news, Apple announced that it will allow customers fix their own iPhone for the first time starting next year.

The UK is fighting a Translation of hacking attacks targeted at consumers and businesses, according to officials.

NASA has slam Russia after a rocket it fired at one of its own satellites forced the space station to perform an emergency diversion.

And, a 75 year old Englishman said about his anger after WhatsApp scammers tricked him into sending them hundreds of pounds.


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Caroline Bleakley

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