Irish Data Protection Commission Issues Euro 225 Million Fine to WhatsApp

The Irish Data Protection Commission has hit WhatsApp owned by Facebook with a record fine of Euro 225 million , which is the second-highest under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. The fine, which is the largest ever imposed by the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDBPC), was for failing to prevent the collection and use of personal data.

The fine relates to WhatsApp's handling of information that it collected in an investigation that started in 2018. The company said it disagrees with the decision and plans to appeal.

The issues with WhatsApp were complex and involved several technical issues. Some of these revolved around the company's policies and how it handled users' data and the transparency provided to users.

The Irish Data Protection Commission can issue a fine of up to 4% of a company's global turnover as per GDPR rules for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

Some individuals disagreed with the way the fine was calculated, or the way the articles of GDPR were broken.

A company representative mentioned "WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure and private service. We have worked to make sure that the information we provide is accurate and comprehensive. And, we disagree with the decision made by the government regarding the penalties."

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