Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been fined a record 225 million euros ($267 million) by Ireland’s data watchdog for breaching EU data privacy rules. According to the news agency Reuters, this heavy fine has been imposed for sharing personal data with other Facebook companies.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said on Thursday that WhatsApp did not tell EU citizens what it did with their data. The regulator said that WhatsApp failed to tell Europeans how their personal information was collected and used. Also, WhatsApp did not respond to how it shares data with Facebook.
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At the same time, in this case, WhatsApp has said that this fine has been imposed wrongly. The company said that we will appeal further regarding this. Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner said that the year 2018 for WhatsApp is linked to the transparency rules of the EU’s data rules.
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The matter is related to the policy in 2018
The spokesperson said that this matter is related to the policy in 2018. The official said that WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure and privacy service. We have worked to ensure that the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive, and we will continue to do so.
We disagree with today’s decision about the transparency it provided to the people in 2018 and the punishments are completely inconsistent, he said. In an FAQ on its website, WhatsApp said it shares phone numbers, transaction data, business interactions, mobile device information, IP addresses and other information with Facebook. The spokesperson said that it does not share personal conversations, location data or call logs.
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