EU fines Meta 17 million euros for violating data protection

EU fines Meta 17 million euros for violating data protection rules

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland has fined Meta Platforms (which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) €17 million for breaching the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This decision was taken following an investigation based on 12 reports received by the Agency between June and December 2018.

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During the investigation, the supervisory authority found that Meta violated several articles of the GDPR, including “Adequate technical and organizational measures have not been taken to demonstrate the security measures applied in practice to protect EU users’ data”. The fine decision was contested by some other European regulators, but in the end all the nuances were clarified. Note that the European supervisory authorities are currently conducting several further investigations related to the processing of user data by services of an American company.

A Meta representative who spoke out on the matter noted that the penalty relates to the practice used by the company in 2018, which has changed significantly since then. This is not about Meta’s inability to ensure the appropriate level of protection of user data. It was also noted that the company takes the GDPR seriously and is making the necessary efforts to comply with the laws in force in the region.



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