Ireland’s highest data protection body has fined WhatsApp € 225 million for violating European data protection laws (GDPR).
The investigation began three years ago, just after the new law came into force; It was then that the Data Protection Commission (DPC) responded to questions about whether the instant messaging app really met the transparency and information requirements required by law, both for users and for those who do not have an account on the service. The most controversial part refers to the way in which WhatsApp shares data with Facebook, its owner.
In fact, the investigators reached a conclusion last December, and their draft included a maximum fine of 50 million euros; but when they presented it, 8 of the 40 European regulators were against. Therefore, the final decision was transferred to the European Data Protection Committee , which has been the one that has instructed the DCP to increase the fine to 225 million euros for a number of important factors in the investigation.
In reality, on WhatsApp they already expected a fine; the real surprise has been the amount. The company set aside 77.5 million euros this year, in anticipation of the DCP decision, and did not expect it to be expanded in that way. For this reason, WhatsApp has stated that it will appeal the fine to higher authorities, not agreeing with this decision; Likewise, it has once again assured its commitment to offer a private and secure service.