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Ireland fines Meta €265m for Facebook privacy breach

Dublin: The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Meta €265 million for breaching privacy laws. Facebook’s parent company was fined for leaking hundreds of thousands of users’ personal information online.

In April 2021, 533 million users’ names, phone numbers, and email addresses were discovered on an online hacking forum. The decision was made following the DPC investigation and the conviction of errors. The rights of billions of consumers around the world, including India, are protected by the Data Protection Act in Ireland. All of Facebook’s main offices are located in Ireland.

According to the investigation, the company did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for data protection by design and default. The Commission also found this to be a violation of GDPR Article 25. Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner, stated that the action was taken because Meta made a serious mistake. The commission also suggested specific remedial measures.

Facebook’s argument was that the data was before September 2019 and that hacking had not taken place but scraping had taken place. The social network clarified that this flaw had also been fixed.

A Meta spokesman said the company was reviewing the commission’s ruling.

Instagram was fined a record €405 million by the DPC in September. Meta has filed an appeal with the High Court in response to this. The fine is the largest in the Commission’s history for violations related to the processing of children’s data.

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