September 28, 2021

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WhatsApp fined nearly $270 million by Ireland for privacy breach

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, WhatsApp fined nearly $270 million by Ireland for privacy breach, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

NEW YORK: Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service was fined nearly $270 million by Irish authorities on Thursday for not being transparent about how it uses data collected from people on the service, in a case that represents a big test of Europe’s ability to enforce its landmark data privacy law. The 265-page decision is the first major ruling against Facebook under the European Union’s far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, a three-year-old law that many have criticised for not being properly enforced. Irish regulators said WhatsApp was not clear with users about how data was shared with other Facebook properties like its main social network and Instagram. WhatsApp said it would appeal the decision, setting up what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle.
The GDPR was heralded as the world’s most comprehensive data privacy law when it was enacted, and championed as a model to counter the datahording practices of internet giants. But the law has resulted in few penalties, and many have said it has not fulfilled its promise. Regulators in Ireland have been at the center of the debate. Under the law, companies must be regulated by the countries where they have their European headquarters. The European offices of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple and scores of other companies are based in Ireland because of its low corporate tax rates and other benefits. But that has put tremendous pressure on Ireland’s Data Protection Commission. In July, lawmakers in Ireland’s parliament issued a scathing report, saying the Irish regulator “fails to adequately protect the fundamental rights of citizens” because of its lack of enforcement.
The fine of 225 million euros, a fraction of Facebook’s annual profit, was the largest issued by Irish regulators against a tech giant under the law; in December, Ireland fined Twitter 450,000 euros related to a data breach. The ruling said WhatsApp did not meet its “transparency obligations” to clearly disclose how data from users would be used by Facebook for its other services. The decision requires WhatsApp to update its privacy policy and make other changes to make people more aware of how data will be used.
Other tech companies have also been targeted under GDPR. In July, Amazon was fined 750 million euros for violations related to its advertising practices by Luxembourg’s privacy regulator. In 2019, Google was fined 50 million euros by French authorities for not getting adequate permission from uses for certain online advertising.

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