The messaging app reacts to a statement from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee calling for transparency and raising concerns over the company’s latest privacy update.
Following a public statement from the Brazilian Steering Committee (CGI.br) on privacy rights, WhatsApp said it will not exclude users refusing to accept the latest update to the firm’s new terms of service.
Earlier this month, CGI.br released a statement with a series of recommendations to the messaging app, taking into consideration Brazil’s local data protection regulations, enforced in September 2020. The Steering Committee also noted that it held a series of discussions with the messaging app and Brazilian authorities including the antitrust watchdog Cade and the National Data Protection Agency to discuss the matter.
In response to the requests from CGI.br, WhatsApp said in a statement that “no user will have their account deleted or will lose access to the app’s features because of this update”.
Another recommendation from the Steering Committee is that WhatsApp refrains from constantly reminding users to accept the new terms. The messaging app did not commit to that, but said it “has spent the last few months providing more information about this update to its users and has been in close contact with the competent authorities to provide all necessary clarifications.”