New Delhi. Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has suffered a major setback in Ireland. WhatsApp was fined a record 225 million euros ($2660 million) on Thursday after being investigated for sharing personal data with other Facebook companies. Ireland’s Data Privacy Regulator DPC ie Data Privacy Commissioner has imposed this fine.
However, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said the fine was completely inconsistent and the company would appeal, according to Reuters news.
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A WhatsApp spokesperson says that it is committed to providing a secure and private platform. We have worked to ensure that the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so. We disagree with today’s decision about the transparency it provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are completely inconsistent.
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WhatsApp banned more than 3 million Indian accounts in just 46 days
At the same time, WhatsApp has announced that it has banned more than 30 lakh Indian accounts in 46 days from June 16 to July 31. WhatsApp said that between June 16 and July 31, 3,027,000 Indian accounts were blocked. The company said in its report that it had received 594 complaints during this period, on which the company has taken action. Most of these accounts have been suspended due to automatic or bulk messages.
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