‘Largest ever’ penalty on WhatsApp in Ireland.
The Irish data protection has fined WhatsApp of 225 million euro on Thursday because EU privacy watchdogs put pressure on Ireland to increase the penalty for WhatsApp’s privacy breaches, says Reuters.
WhatsApp said the company will appeal because the fine is “entirely disproportionate.” Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said initially they fined WhatsApp 50 million euros. “Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC), the lead data privacy regulator for Facebook within the European Union, said the issues related to whether WhatsApp conformed in 2018 with EU data rules about transparency,” says Reuters.
“This includes information provided to data subjects about the processing of information between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies.”
WhatsApp didn’t agree
with the decision.
In a statement released by WhatsApp, the spokesperson said that WhatsApp disagrees with the decision.
“We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are entirely disproportionate.”
Reuters further reported that the EU privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Board, said that they gave many signals to Irish regulatory to solve issues and criticism about their delay in solving cases against tech giants and not fining them enough. Board said: “WhatsApp fine should take into account Facebook’s turnover and that the company should be given three months instead of six months to comply,” reported Reuters.
Irish regulators open cases against Facebook’s child companies WhatsApp and Instagram at the end of 2020 and they already had 14 inquiries into Facebook. Schrems said: “It is to be expected that this case will now be before the Irish Courts for years and it will be interesting if the DPC is actively defending this decision before the Courts, as it was forced to make such a decision by its EU colleagues at the EDPB.”