Ireland on Thursday imposed a record fine on Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service for violating EU data privacy laws after European regulators demanded an increase in fines.
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) of Ireland has been given the responsibility of this case as Facebook’s European headquarters is located in the country.
“And following this reassessment, the DPC has imposed a fine of 225 million euros (7 267 million) on WhatsApp,” the commission said. That is, a fine of 450,000 euros imposed on Twitter last year.
As Ireland hosts the regional headquarters of several major tech players such as Apple, Google and Twitter, the DPC has been largely responsible for implementing EU policies. Historical General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Charter.
But Ireland is under pressure. Not strong enough to take the line. Against tech giants, which are generally considered to be attracted to the country with a low corporate tax rate of 12.5%.
WhatsApp said it would appeal the decision.
“We do not agree with today’s decision,” he said in a statement, calling the sentences “completely disproportionate”.
The DPC launched an investigation into WhatsApp in December 2018 to find out whether messaging app users were told “how their data will be processed between WhatsApp and others”. Facebook companies..
In an initial search for approval by other European regulators last December, the DPC proposed a fine of between 30 and 50 million euros, but several national regulators have revised the figure. Rejected, which began the process of resolving disputes in June.
Last month, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) instructed the DPC to increase fines, with the German regulator increasing the penalty.
The EDPB said the fine “reflects a significant level of non-compliance in Ireland that affects all processing done through the WhatsApp”.
He said fines should be “effective, invasive and proportionate”.
Appreciated as a powerful weapon to bring the Tech Titans to the forefront, the GDPR allowed national watchdogs to impose heavy fines for cross-border powers and misuse of data.
But Germany’s Data Protection Commissioner, Reich Kelber, wrote an open letter in March criticizing the DPC for being too slow to handle GDPR complaints.