Minister Calleary welcomes greater transparency for consumers

Minister Calleary welcomes greater transparency for consumers

Following cross-European action jointly led by CCPC, WhatsApp users in Ireland will benefit from more transparent information about changes in their terms of service

Monday, 06 March 2023

Minister for Trade Promotion and Digital Transformation, Dara Calleary TD today, Monday 6 March 2023, welcomed the work of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) on behalf of Irish consumers to ensure greater transparency in changes to WhatsApp terms of service.

The CCPC jointly led this work with its Swedish counterpart and the European Commission under the framework of the European Union’s Consumer Protection Cooperation Network.  This allows national authorities to work together to effectively tackle widespread infringements of EU consumer law and review commercial practices of traders.  Following a dialogue, WhatsApp will now ensure it explains the impact of changes to users, highlights the option to reject updates as prominently as accept them and, ensure notifications provided to users are clear, prominent and not aggressive.

Minister Calleary said:

“I am delighted to see the CCPC working with its counterparts across Europe in the interest of consumers. WhatsApp will now have to clearly explain any changes it intends to make to user’s contracts in advance and explain how such changes could affect their rights. It is vital that consumers receive clear information to allow them to make informed decisions. I welcome this work, jointly led by the CCPC, which emphasises the importance of clarity for consumers.”