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WhatsApp staring down the barrel of 50 mil euro fine

(Ireland) Ireland could be about to pull the trigger on a massive, EUR 50 mil fine for WhatsApp Politico EU reports as follows:

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp could be fined up to €50 million over violations of the European Union’s data protection rules, according to three people with direct knowledge of the procedure who spoke with POLITICO.

The preliminary penalty — the figure is now under consultation with the bloc’s other data protection agencies — would be one of the largest-ever fines under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, a set of privacy rules that came into force in 2018.

As part of Ireland’s draft findings, the internet messenger may face a fine of between €30 million and €50 million for not living up to transparency requirements under Europe’s privacy regime. Whatsapp could also be required to change how it handles its users’ data, as the case relates to how the messenger may have failed to properly inform its EU users about how it would share their data with Facebook.

(Privacy press clipping sourced via Politico EU)
Jurisdiction: Ireland

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