Ireland fined Facebook’s WhatsApp a record 225 million euro ($266m) for privacy breaches after the EU privacy watchdog pressured the country to take a tougher line with a bigger penalty.
WhatsApp said the fine was “entirely disproportionate” and that it would appeal. Still, the Irish fine is significantly less than the record $886.6m fine meted out to Amazon by the Luxembourg privacy agency in July.
Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC), which is the lead data privacy regulator for Facebook within the European Union, said the issues related to whether WhatsApp conformed in 2018 with EU data rules about transparency.
“This includes information provided to data subjects about the processing of information between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies,” the Irish regulator said in a statement.