WhatsApp could be fined 50 million euros

WhatsApp could be fined 50 million euros

Violet Field inHigh TechJan 26, 2021 2 min read1 views

Instant messaging is accused of violating the General Data Protection Regulation regarding the sharing of its user data with Facebook

The sharing of data between Facebook and WhatsApp, which belong to the same group, is viewed in a very negative light by the European Community. WhatsApp could see a record fine for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced in 2018, Politico reports on January 22, relayed by Numerama.

WhatsApp could receive a fine of between 30 and 50 million euros, according to three sources close to this file consulted by the publication. The survey is conducted by the protection authority Irish data (Data Protection Commission) since it is from Ireland that Facebook pilot operations in Europe.

The amount could be revised upwards

In this case, WhatsApp is criticized for not having shown sufficient transparency regarding the change in its privacy policy, allowing the parent company, Facebook, to benefit from the sharing of certain user data. This fine could be inflated since all the European protection organizations have their say. In addition, WhatsApp may be forced to review its management of user data subject to the GDPR. The decision should be given in a few months.

The current record for the largest fine imposed by Europe on a Gafam is held by Google. The National Commission for Computing and Freedoms (CNIL) had demanded 100 million euros from the American giant.