Facebook’s Meta logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California on October 28, 2021.

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Ireland’s Privacy Authority has fined Facebook’s parent company Meta 17 million euros, or around $19 million, for breaching EU privacy law .

The regulator, the Data Protection Commission, investigated how Meta Platforms Inc. complied with the requirements of the law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, in the way it processed personal data in twelve data breach notifications between June and December 2018.

The agency said on Tuesday that it found that Meta did not have the right measures in place to show it could protect EU user data.

“This fine relates to 2018 record keeping practices that we have since updated, and not a breach in the protection of individuals’ information,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We take our obligations under the GDPR seriously and will carefully consider this decision as our processes continue to evolve.”

Under the GDPR, the Irish regulator conducts cross-border data privacy cases for large tech companies with European headquarters in Dublin. He investigated Meta for a number of data and privacy issues and fined the company’s communications service WhatsApp 225 million euros, or $267 million at the time, in September. for another GDPR violation.


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