EU Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, said in a statement today: “WhatsApp must ensure that users understand what they have consented to and how their personal data is being used, for example in which places share this data with business partners. WhatsApp must make a concrete commitment to us by the end of February on how it will address our concerns.”
Last September, WhatsApp’s main regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), fined the company a record 225 million euros ($266 million) for not being transparent about sharing personal data.
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Under EU consumer law, businesses must use clear and transparent contractual terms and commercial communications. Therefore, WhatsApp’s ambiguous approach violates EU consumer protection laws.
You will soon be able to transfer WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS
WhatsApp developers are finally close to implementing the transfer of chat history between iOS and Android devices. The evidence of this is in the source code of the beta version of WhatsApp 22.2.74 for iOS.
According to the researchers, transferring chat history between devices on different operating systems will not be a trivial task. WhatsApp must be installed on both devices, after which you can transfer using a cable or a specially created private Wi-Fi network. By comparison, other messaging apps can store and sync user data using Google Drive, iCloud, or their own servers.
Currently, there is only one way to transfer WhatsApp data between iOS and Android devices. We are talking about migrating from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy smartphone using a USB cable. Of course, this will be in conjunction with the Samsung SmartSwitch app.