German courts tell WhatsApp: use German or face fines

Company loses appeal - fines or even prison may follow.

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Two years ago Germany’s Federation of Consumer Protection Offices took WhatsApp to court for failing to publish its terms and conditions in German (although the rest of its website had been translated into German).  It also said that the company only gave email as a way for consumers to contact the company.  The courts decided against WhatsApp in 2014 – the company then decided to appeal.

It has now emerged that WhatsApp has lost the appeal and faces a fine of up to €250,000 if it fails to translate its terms and conditions.

The Local.