The South African regulator wants WhatsApp to apply its European standards in Africa after the new policy which will collect users’ personal data was rejected by the EU.
WhatsApp’s new policy has attracted a global criticism of both the proposed action and the intention backing it.
South Africa asked WhatsApp to modify the policy in their country in line with what’s obtainable in the EU whom they share similar practices with. It said the country’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has privacy standards which is very similar to the EU’s.
It also said the privacy of information between friends and family stays sacrosanct, regardless of the policy in place.