WhatsApp fined a record 225 million euros for violating EU data protection regulations | World news
WhatsApp has been fined a record € 225 million after it was found to have breached EU data protection rules.
An examination of the Irish privacy Watchdog found that the company has violated strict regulations regarding the transparency of data shared with other companies that are also owned by the parent company Facebook.
The data protection commission announced on Thursday that it was also ordering Whatsapp Take “remedial action” to ensure that the processing is compliant with EU regulations.
WhatsApp said the fine was disproportionate and would appeal the decision.
The announcement concludes an investigation into the messaging service, which opened in December 2018 after the EU rules known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect.
The penalty is the second highest ever imposed under GDPR rules and the highest ever imposed by the Commission in Ireland.
The commission said the case against WhatsApp was investigating whether Facebook followed the requirements of the GDPR in order to be transparent to both users and those who do not use its service.
This also included how people’s data is processed between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies.
The Irish watchdog acts as the lead regulator in cross-border data protection cases in the EU, as many large technology companies have their European headquarters in Dublin.
Following the ruling, WhatsApp said in a statement that it was “obliged to provide a secure and private service”.
“We have worked to ensure that the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so,” the statement said.
“We disagree with today’s decision on the transparency we gave people in 2018 and the penalties are completely disproportionate.”
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