Data protection: heavy fine of 265 million euros against Meta in Europe

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Data protection: heavy fine of 265 million euros against Meta in Europe

Facebook's parent company receives this fine from the Irish regulator on behalf of the EU, which accuses it of not having sufficiently protected the data of its users.

The American social media giant Meta, parent company of Facebook, has been fined a hefty 265 million euros (371 million Canadian dollars) by the Irish regulator (DPC) on behalf of the EU, for not having sufficiently protected the data of its users.

The Data Protection Commission announces […] the conclusion of an investigation into Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Meta and body which controls the data of the social network Facebook, imposing a fine of 265 million on it euros [CAD 371 million] and a series of corrective measures, according to a statement on Monday.

The DPC had announced in April 2021 the opening of an investigation targeting Facebook on behalf of the EU, after the revelation of a hack, by data hackers, of more than 530 million users dating back to 2019.

The survey covered Facebook Search, Facebook Messenger Contact Importer and Instagram Contact Importer apps […] between the May 25, 2018 and September 2019, and wanted to know if Meta had sufficiently protected its users' data with regard to European regulations.

Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland and so it falls to the Irish regulator to lead the investigation for the European Union (EU).

The decision to imposing a fine on Meta and its subsidiaries concerned was taken on Friday following findings of breaches of European regulations (GDPR), details the DPC.

It has therefore issued an order asking MPIL for a series of corrective actions and an administrative fine.

The hack had used a method known as < em>scraping or plundering Facebook profiles through software that mimics the functionality of the network that helps members easily find friends, thereby scraping contact lists.

Protecting people's personal data is critical to how our business operates, a spokesperson for Meta said. That is why we have fully cooperated with the Data Protection Commission on this important matter. We have made changes to our systems, he added.

The GDPR, launched in 2018, gives regulators more power to protect consumers from the domination of Facebook, Google, Apple and Twitter, which, attracted by favorable taxation, have chosen Ireland as their home base.

The regulations provide that regulators can impose a fine of up to 4% of the worldwide turnover of these groups.

In the case of Facebook, the data breached in question was in part published on a hacker forum in early April and are the work of malicious actors, Facebook explained.

The European Union and certain member countries have multiplied these last years litigation with the American digital giants on the protection of personal data, but also on taxation, or abuse of a dominant position, ent re others.

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