For breaking data protection regulations when processing users’ personal information, Meta’s WhatsApp was hit with new fines of €5.5 million on Thursday by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in May 2018 and the days preceding its implementation included an update to the messaging platform’s Terms of Service that required users to accept the new terms in order to continue using the service or risk losing access.
The messaging service has also been given a six-month deadline to bring its operations into compliance in addition to the penalties. It’s important to note that Dublin serves as Meta’s European headquarters.
On top of that, WhatsApp has previously attracted scrutiny for taking a U-turn on its data-sharing practices with parent company Meta (Facebook) for ad targeting.
In 2017, the E.U. following the acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, the European Commission penalized the social media giant €110 million for “providing erroneous or misleading material” during its investigation of the merger.