Meta fined € 265 million by Irish watchdog

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Facebook parent Meta has been charged with breaching EU data privacy laws 

After being fined in March for €17 million and then €405 million in September, Meta is now being punished again with a fine worth € 265 million.

A report by Associated Press on Monday, November 28 states, Irish regulator have fined the Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta with another fine for breaching European Union data privacy laws.

According to the report, Meta has infringed the General Data Protection Regulation, aimed at the requirement to create measures by the company to protect user data. This requires the company to set both technical and organizational measures, the report said.

The investigation by the watchdog revealed that data from over 533 million users were posted online for hackers. The report said data included names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, locations, birthdates and email addresses of people from more than 100 countries.

As the California based company has its EU headquaters in Dublin, it comes under the jurisdiction of the Irish authorities and EU Privacy and data protection law, the report states.

Earlier this year Instagram, which is also owned by Meta, was fined for €405 million after an investigation by the watchdog revealed mishandling of teenagers’ personal data, the report said. Before this, Meta was again fined for €17 million, due to its handling of data breach notifications, the report added.

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