According to Facebook, the changes only impacted how users’ data would be shared with businesses they interact with on the platform.
This caused an uproar.
The regulator said South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), which came into effect on 1 July 2021, is similar to Europe’s GDPR.
“We’ve advised WhatsApp that we believe they should adopt the EU policy in South Africa,” Information Regulator member Alison Tilley said.
The terms and conditions from prominent players became incredibly long — typically multiple pages of complicated legalese.
It found that Shopify is the online application whose ‘terms of service’ take the longest amount of time to read at approximately 76.7 minutes.
The table below shows the time it takes to read the terms of service and privacy policies of prominent online platforms.