Ireland has fined Facebook's WhatsApp ~$267M over the app's transparency in sharing user personal data with other Facebook companies. WhatsApp argues that the penalties issued by Ireland's Data Privacy Commissioner are "entirely disproportionate" and said it would appeal.
- Irish regulators had 14 major inquiries into Facebook and subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram open as of the end of last year.
- The Irish Data Privacy Commissioner is the lead data privacy regulator for Facebook because Facebook's regional headquarters are located in Dublin.
- The issues stem from whether WhatsApp conformed with EU data transparency rules in 2018.