{Disarmed} WhatsApp fined 225 million euros: the second largest fine in the history of the EU in Data Protection

WhatsApp fined 225 million euros: the second largest fine in the history of the EU in Data Protection

WhatsApp will have to pay 225 million euros for violating the privacy of users and breaking the European Data Protection Regulation. This has been announced by the Data Protection Commission, which concludes the investigation that began in December 2018.

The Data Protection organization has concluded that WhatsApp did not fulfill its obligations to inform users and be sufficiently transparent, both for WhatsApp users themselves and for those who do not use this messaging application. In relation to the data managed between WhatsApp itself and Facebook .

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WhatsApp Ireland Ltd, a national company that manages the application in Europe, has been the investigated company. Responding to the Irish Times , Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon explains that WhatsApp only provided 41% of the information prescribed to its users to users, but none to non-users. A "serious information deficit" that translates into four violations of the GDPR, defined by Dixon as "very serious".

In response to the WSJ , WhatsApp explains that "we do not agree with today's decision regarding the transparency that we provide to people in 2018 and the penalties are completely disproportionate."

From xiaomist.com we have contacted Facebook to learn more details about their position.

Research has focused on seeing if WhatsApp provides enough information about how it shares user data with Facebook , its parent company. There is also the point of "non-users", that is, of those phone numbers that are loaded when the phone book is synchronized with the application.

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Something seems to have changed within the European Union regarding the Data Protection Regulation. If until the middle of this year the largest fine had gone to Google, with a value of 50 million euros, now this fine to WhatsApp is more than four times higher.

This is the second multimillion-dollar fine imposed by the European Union in terms of Data Protection in a couple of months . At the end of July, the authority in Luxembourg, where Amazon is based in Europe, imposed a record fine of 746 million euros .

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