WhatsApp fined 225 million euros for violating data protection

The Data Protection Commission of Ireland (DPC) has imposed a €225 million fine on Whatsapp, one of Facebook's messaging services. WhatsApp was accused of not reporting well on the amount of data shared with Facebook.

The €225 million fine is considered the second largest fine issued under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The highest fine, was for Amazon in July 2020, imposed by the Luxembourg protection authorities, amounting to €745 million.

The CPS began their investigation into WhatsApp three years ago where they looked at whether the messaging app offered transparent information about its management of users' personal data and at other companies owned by Facebook, whose European operations base is in Dublin.

WhatsApp's team has already responded, saying that the fine is "totally disproportionate" and that the company will appeal the decision.

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