WhatsApp, the now ubiquitous chatting app, has been fined a record $267 million by the Irish data protection regulator after the EU privacy watchdog pressured Ireland to raise the penalty for the company’s privacy breaches.
WhatsApp said the fine was “entirely disproportionate” and that it would appeal. Still, the Irish fine is significantly less than the record $886.6 million fine meted out to Amazon by the Luxembourg privacy agency in July.
The Irish regulator also reprimanded and ordered WhatsApp to bring its processing into compliance by taking “a range of specified remedial actions”. The Irish regulator had 14 major inquiries into Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram open as of the end of last year.