After Ireland, Turkey fines WhatsApp for breaching personal data

Turkey fined WhatsApp on Friday for breaching personal data protection rules, one day after the Irish digital authority imposed a fine record to the messaging app for a similar reason.

The Turkish authority for the protection of personal data fined WhatsApp 1,950,000 Turkish liras (197,366 euros) for failing to take “the necessary measures to avoid the illegal processing of personal data”, the foundation announced. in a note.

WhatsApp, a subsidiary of the giant of social media Facebook was targeted 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 Turkish authority said it punished “WhatsApp” because the application deprived users of “freedom of will”.

“Users are obliged to give their consent to the entire contract,” he added.

The decision came the day after the imposition of Ireland, which includes the European headquarters of “Facebook”, A fine record of 225 million euros on “WhatsApp” for Similar violations.

Russia also fined WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter in August for failing to store Russian user data on local servers.

In January, Turkish authorities urged their citizens to prioritize the use of a local messaging app, BIP, developed by the carrier mobile Turkcell.

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