WhatsApp has been dealt a major fine €225m by the Irish Data Protection Commission for breaching privacy laws.
According to BBC, this is the second-highest fine ever made under EU GDPR rules. It is also worthy to note that Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has its EU headquarters is in Ireland, and the Irish data regulation commission is the lead authority for the tech giant in Europe.
While WhatsApp has said that it disagrees with the decision and the severity of the fine and plans to appeal, BBC adds that the fine stems from a 2018 investigation which ascertained whether WhatsApp had been transparent enough about how it handles information.
“The issues involved were highly technical, including whether WhatsApp supplied enough information to users about how their data was processed and if its privacy policies were clear enough,” the outlet wrote, adding that “those policies have since been updated several times.”
Addressing the legal issue, the company spokesperson said, “WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure and private service. 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.”
GDPR rules allows for mammoth fines of up to 4% of the offending company’s global turnover.
WhatsApp plans to appeal.