WhatsApp was fined $267 Million for violating EU privacy laws techydeed.com

Facebook’s WhatsApp was fined EUR225million ($267 million) for violating the European Union’s data privacy regulations. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the decision in an 89-page summary (PDF), noting that WhatsApp did not correctly inform EU citizens how it handles their data, including how it shares that information with its parent company.

WhatsApp has been ordered to update its already lengthy privacy policy and change how it notifies users about sharing their data. It will comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs how tech companies collect and use data within the EU. GDPR came into effect in May of 2018, and WhatsApp was one of the first companies to be hit with privacy lawsuits under the regulation

“WhatsApp is committed to providing a private and secure service. The spokesperson stated that they had done everything possible to ensure that the information provided is accurate and transparent. “We are not happy with today’s decision regarding transparency provided to people in 2018. The penalties are completely disproportionate.”

The DPC’s 2018 investigation led to the decision. It is the second-largest GDPR fine. Amazon was hit with a record $887 million in July for violating EU privacy laws.

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