The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has decided to fine Facebook €265 million or $275 million for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after the site allowed itself to obtain sensitive user data between May 2018 and September 2019. .
This penalty is the fourth for platforms owned by parent company Facebook Meta.
While this may seem like a big amount, it’s not the most important amount a company has to pay in the entire history of the GDPR, according to data compiled by Statista and viewed by Al Arabiya.net.
It was Amazon that held the lead in fines. In July 2021, the Luxembourg data watchdog imposed a fine of around $774 million at current prices on the European subsidiary of the multibillion-dollar technology company for “failing to comply with the General Data Processing Principles” under the GDPR Enforcement Tracker. Law on CMS.
And in fourth place on the list of highest fines is WhatsApp, after Facebook and Instagram, followed by Google and the Swedish fashion company H&M, which violated the General Data Protection Law.
The GDPR regulatory framework aims to give users greater control over their data and lays the groundwork for penalizing companies providing services in the EU for violating its provisions.
The General Data Protection Regulation was adopted on 25 May 2018 as an alternative to the 1995 European Union Data Protection Directive and contains 99 clauses. To date, the GDPR Enforcement Tracker lists 1,507 individual GDPR violations, although the data is likely incomplete as not all penalties are made public.