Irish Authorities Fine WhatsApp €225m

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has fined Facebook-owned Whatsapp €225 million, making it Europe’s second-largest fine under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law.

Those who violate GDPR’s privacy and security standards will face steep fines, with penalties ranging in the tens of millions of euros.

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) imposed an administrative fine and a reprimand on WhatsApp, requiring it to comply with European data processing obligations in the future.

DPC said that the decision contained an explicit instruction that required the commission to reassess and increase its proposed fine based on several factors in the EDPB’s decision. Following this reassessment, the DPC has imposed a fine of €225 million on WhatsApp.

“In addition to the imposition of an administrative fine, the DPC has also imposed a reprimand along with an order for WhatsApp to bring its processing into compliance by taking a range of specified remedial actions,” the DPC added.

According to a spokesperson of WhatsApp, “disagrees” with the decision and plans to appeal it, adding that the company is “committed to providing a secure and private service.”

“We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018, and the penalties are entirely disproportionate,” a company spokesperson said.

“We have worked to ensure the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so,” the spokesperson added.

The company also said that the fine imposed is “entirely disproportionate.”


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