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WhatsApp Fined $6 Million in EU-Wide Probe Over Data Processing

Jan. 19, 2023, 1:00 PM

Meta Platforms Inc.’s WhatsApp was slapped with a €5.5 million ($6 million) fine and a six-month ultimatum to bring its data processing in line with European Union law after a broader investigation which also led to fines for its Facebook and Instagram units.

WhatsApp violated EU data protection rules by forcing users to opt-in to the tech firm’s data processing without sufficient clarity about how and for what purposes this was done, the Irish Data Protection Commission decided.

WhatsApp “is not entitled to rely on the contract legal basis for the delivery of service improvement and security” and the ...