Ireland fines WhatsApp €225 million for privacy breach
September 2, 2021
Ireland's privacy regulator has fined WhatsApp a record amount for breaking European Union data protection rules. It said the company had failed to give users transparency about how their data would be used.
The agency originally submitted its initial decision to other European regulators, whose approval is required, in December 2020.
However, it received objections from eight of them and was asked to "reassess and increase its proposed fine on the basis of a number of factors... and following this reassessment the DPC has imposed a fine of 225 million euro on WhatsApp."
The fine is the second penalty — and the biggest — to be issued by the Irish regulator under the EU's landmark GDPR data rights charter.
It fined Twitter €450,000 for a security breach last year.
WhatsApp disputes penalty
The DPC also ordered WhatsApp to take "remedial actions" so that its data processing would adhere to EU law. The company said it was already making sure that procedures were transparent.
"WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure and private service," the company said in a press statement.
"We have worked to ensure the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so."
"We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are entirely disproportionate."