WhatsApp fined over privacy breach raises demand for app development securing user privacy

September 03, 2021 | 2 minutes read

WhatsApp in Ireland was fined 225 million euros ($266 million) by the Irish Data Protection regulator.

In Dublin Ireland, Facebook’s Whatapp was fined 225 million ($266 million) by Irish Data Protection Regulator. After the EU privacy watchdog suppressed the authority to raise the penalty for company’s privacy breaches.

WhatsApp however termed the fine as “entirely disproportionate” and it would appeal against the decision. This fine is moreover less than $886 million euros fined to Amazon. The Data Protection Commission also ordered the messaging app to take remedial action to change the way in which it communicates with users. The regulator further said that the issues related to WhatsApp privacy were conformed in 2018 with EU data rules about privacy and transparency.

WhatsApp spokesperson while denying charges said in a statement that the issue in question is related to 2018 policies and WhatsApp had provided understandable information. The spokesperson further said

“We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are entirely disproportionate.”

The Irish Data Protection Commission still has about two dozen other investigations against the other big tech companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook.

Since after the origination of data protection rules like General Data Protection Regulation etc it has become enormously important to enhance the security of the users by following the due steps in the construction of the app especially when you are outsourcing to ensure the security of the users and also to escape heavy fines.