Irish Data Protection Commission Fines Meta €265 Million for Privacy Violations

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December
7,
2022


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On
November
25,
2022,
Ireland’s
Data
Protection
Commission
(“DPC”)
released
a

Irish Data Protection Commission Fines Meta €265 Million for Privacy Violations



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to
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post

On
November
25,
2022,
Ireland’s
Data
Protection
Commission
(“DPC”)
released
a

decision

fining
Meta
Platforms,
Inc.
(“Meta”)
€265
million
for
a
2019
data
leak
involving
the
personal
information
of
approximately
533
million
Facebook
users
worldwide.

In
the
decision,
the
DPC
argued
that
Meta
failed
to
comply
with
the
GDPR’s
requirement
of
providing
privacy
“by
design
and
default”
when
it
failed
to
prevent
the
disclosure
of
users’
phone
numbers,
email
addresses,
full
names,
dates
of
birth
and
other
personal
information
on
an
online
hacking
forum.
The
leak
was
a
result
of
a
hacking
group
exploiting
a
weakness
in
Facebook’s
data
processing
measures
to
scrape
public
profiles
and
connect
user
profiles
with
email
addresses.

In
September,
the
DPC

fined

Meta
€405
million
for
allowing
minors
to
operate
business
accounts
on
Instagram,
which
led
to
the
disclosure
of
affected
users’
contact
information.
Meta
says
it
plans
to
appeal
both
of
the
DPC’s
decisions.

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