WhatsApp to be fined by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner after GDPR breach

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It was recently reported that WhatsApp has been fined 225m€ (or £193.4m) by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after breaching the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Indeed, the application was fined over allegations that it had failed to discharge its transparency obligations with regard to the provision of information and transparency of information, to users and non-users alike. The investigation has been opened almost 12 months ago.

The process was resolved after the adoption of a binding decision by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which led the DPC to increase the fine. It was also reported that the DPC has imposed a reprimand as well as ordered WhatsApp to bring its data-processing activities into compliance through a number of remedial actions.

On the other hand, WhatsApp has stated that it disagreed with the DPC’s sanctions and found it disproportionate. It also declared having done its utmost to ensure transparency and comprehensive information, and that it would appeal the decision.

 

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