Ireland fines Meta 265 million for a breach that exposed the data of 500,000 users

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Ireland fines Meta with 265 million for a breach that exposed the data of 500,000 users

Judicial setback for Goal. The company that owns Facebook , Instagram and WhatsApp , among others, will have to use it. to pay a Fine of 256 million euros imposed this Monday by Ireland for deficiencies in the security of social networks after a breach exposed personal data of up to 500,000 Users.

The Irish Data Protection Commission has ruled that the digital giant, in low hours, breached its privacy policy. two articles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the The European Union (EU) suffered this violation of privacy between 2018 and 2019, in which data such as the mobile phone number was leaked. or the email address of thousands of users. A “significant” number of those users are European citizens.

The agency started He investigated the case after, last year, this type of personal data leaked into a portal frequented by cybercriminals, who usually buy it and then personalize the informative attacks. ;ticos that they later launch against their victims.

Almost 1,000 million fine

The Irish data protection authority is responsible for The regulation of Meta at a European level, because there it is. is where you have your tax headquarters in the EU. With this sanction, the total amount of fines imposed on the company led by Mark Zuckerberg since September 2021 reaches almost 1,000 million euros.

Last September, the body imposed a fine of 405 million euros on Meta for allowing users between the ages of 13 and 17 to open commercial accounts on Instagram, accounts that were set to public by default, thus exposing the company. the personal data of minors. In September of last year, the sanction was 225 million for “serious” and “severe” infringements of WhatsApp against European legislation.

The sanction of the Irish regulator obliges a Goal to adopt “a series of specific corrective measures within a certain period of time”. Last Monday, the company announced the a series of measures to protect the privacy of minors on their platforms and to detect adults who may have suspicious behavior.