Accused of violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the intelligence service WhatsApp could risk a € 50 million fine imposed by Ireland, our colleagues reported Politico who get their information from three anonymous sources close to the case. If this fine were actually applied, it would be among the highest ever imposed.
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If the investigation is ongoing, three people familiar with the matter believe that given the size of WhatsApp, it can The fine could be between 30 and 50 million euros. Beyond the financial penalties, WhatsApp could also be forced to scrutinize the way in which it uses its users’ data.
When asked, a spokesman for the Irish Data Protection Agency declined to comment on the information. For his part, the WhatsApp spokesman said he should wait for the final verdict before speaking. It will take patience as the outcome of this case may take a few more months.
The GDPR costs technology giants a lot of money
When it should be used This fine imposed on WhatsApp would approach (or equal to) the CNIL record which imposed a record fine of 50 million euros on Google in 2019 on behalf of the GDPR; A sanction that was confirmed by the State Council in June 2020. Recently, Twitter had to pay the price for its GDPR violation by asking it to pay a fine of 450,000 euros.
In general, GDPR non-compliance fines in 2020 were € 171 million. An impressive amount compared to the fines imposed in 2018 and 2019, which totaled 114 million euros.
Obviously, Europe seems to want to tighten the tone so that companies finally comply with their data protection regulations. A necessary evil, since at the beginning of 2020 90% of the locations analyzed in a study did not comply with the GDPR.