The subsidiary of WhatsApp based in Dublin has received this fine from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in September. The reason for the fine is violations of the strict regulations set by the organization when it comes to data sharing on the territory of the EU. The DPC demanded WhatsApp to provide enough privacy-related information in a ‘concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language.’
At the moment, WhatsApp is in the process to appeal against this ruling, as they mentioned that a penalty was too big. When it comes to the DPC, this has become the largest fine that they issued in their history.
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