WhatsApp fined $267 million for EU privacy law violation

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September 03, 2021, 1:08 AM UTC

A company spokesperson has shared that WhatsApp plans to appeal the decision.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined WhatsApp $267 million (€225 million) for breaching the European Union’s data privacy rules. According to the DPC’s statement, the messaging platform did not properly inform EU citizens about how it handles their personal data.

This includes informing citizens how the Facebook-owned company shares information with its parent company. WhatsApp has also been ordered to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), update its privacy policy, and change how the app notifies users about sharing their data.

In addition to disagreeing with the decision against WhatsApp, the spokesperson regards the penalties as “entirely disproportionate.” Amazon was fined $887 million in July this year for breaching EU privacy laws.

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