Meta’s WhatsApp Fined for Privacy Breaches by EU Regulator

Meta's WhatsApp Fined for Privacy Breaches by EU Regulator

For a second violation of the EU’s privacy legislation, Meta’s WhatsApp subsidiary was fined 5.5 million euros ($5.95 million) Thursday by Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC).

According to the DPC, which oversees Meta’s privacy practices on behalf of the EU, WhatsApp needs to reevaluate how it uses user information to enhance its services.

Its decision follows a similar order it issued last month to Facebook and Instagram, two of Meta’s most important platforms, which stated that Meta must reevaluate the legal basis on which it targets advertising using personal data.

In September 2021, the DPC penalized WhatsApp 225 million euros for violations over the same time frame as the Thursday complaint.

It has ten outstanding inquiries investigating Meta’s services and penalized the company 1.3 billion euros.

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