Meta Slapped With an $18.7 Million Fine for Data Breach by Irish Watchdog

Giant technology company running various social media platforms Meta Platforms Inc. (FB) has been slapped with 17 million euro ($18.7 million) fine by Irish data regulator following an inquiry into 12 data breach notifications which the regulator claims to have received back in 2018.

Meta Platforms failed to have in place appropriate technical and organisational measures which would enable it to readily demonstrate the security measures that it implemented in practice to protect EU users’ data” said Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner.

The Data Protection Commissioner has a number of investigations into Meta which are underway. Last year, the regulator fined Meta owned online messaging platform WhatsApp a record 225 million euros for failing to abide with EU data rules in 2018.

A spokesperson from Meta said they will be carefully considering this decision further adding the company is in a continuous evolution process. “This fine is about record-keeping practices from 2018 that we have since been updated, not a failure to protect people’s information,” said the spokesperson.

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