belonging to facebook What’s up It was fined a record 225 million euros (roughly 1,951 crore) by the Irish data protection regulator on Thursday under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), after an EU privacy watchdog pressured Ireland to increase the penalty for the company’s privacy violations. WhatsApp said the fine was “totally disproportionate” and will appeal. Still, the Irish fine is significantly lower than the record $886.6 million fine awarded to Amazon in July by the Luxembourg privacy agency. In several privacy lawsuits filed at Facebook, the initial fine was stated to be 50 million euros.
Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC), Facebook’s leading data privacy regulator within the European Union, said issues of whether WhatsApp complied with EU data rules on transparency in 2018. “This includes information provided to data subjects about the processing of information between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies,” the Irish regulator said in a statement. Said. gave extensive information.
“We disagree with today’s decision on the transparency we provided to people in 2018, and the penalties are completely disproportionate,” the spokesperson said. The EU privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Board, said in July it gave the Irish agency several signs to address it. Criticism from colleagues for taking too long to decide on cases involving tech giants and not punishing them adequately for any violations.
WhatsApp said the fine should take into account Facebook’s turnover, and the company should be given three months instead of six months to comply. Germany’s federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, Ulrich Kelber, said Europe’s landmark privacy rules, known as GDPR, are finally showing their teeth, even if some tech giants’ chief regulator suggests otherwise.
“What’s important right now is that many other open cases regarding WhatsApp in Ireland are finally settled so we can take faster and longer steps towards uniform enforcement of data protection law in Europe,” he told Reuters. European countries have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism after Ireland shared its interim decision on the WhatsApp investigation that began in December 2018.
The Irish regulator issued a “clear mandate requiring the DPC to re-evaluate and increase the proposed penalty based on a number of factors involved” at a meeting of the European Data Protection Board in July. “Following this reassessment, DPC fined WhatsApp 225 million euros,” it said. The Irish regulator also condemned and ordered WhatsApp to harmonize its processing by taking “a set of specific corrective measures”.
The Irish regulator has opened 14 major investigations into Facebook and its affiliates WhatsApp and Instagram since the end of last year.
Schrems said it will closely monitor the company’s appeal. “This case is now expected to be heard in Irish Courts for many years now and it will be interesting for the DPC to actively defend this decision before the Courts because it was compelled to make such a decision by its EU counterparts. EDPB,” he said.