The reason why the European Union considers it important that WhatsApp should not be allowed to make anything mandatory is that it would otherwise get too much power. It can then, for example, push through new rules that are not at all in favor of users. The EU exists, among other things, to protect European citizens and it does not want WhatsApp to be allowed to come up with policies that could harm citizens.
WhatsApp will first of all inform users of the app better when the policy changes, but also what exactly changes and what that means for users. This way you can better decide for yourself whether you still want to use the service if drastic changes are coming. In addition, WhatsApp also promises to abandon its plans to link WhatsApp accounts to Facebook accounts and show advertisements based on personal preferences. WhatsApp will not share any personal data with Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp and Facebook, for the purpose of advertising.
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