Irish regulator slaps Meta with €405 million fine
The Irish data protection authority fined Meta with €405 million for GDPR violations on Instagram.
The fine is the result of an investigation launched by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in 2020. According to the regulator, Instagram breached the privacy of children.
Meta alleged... Read more
Telenet fined after storm damages datacenter
Telecom regulator BIPT imposed a €190,000 fine on one of Belgium's major operators. Telenet improperly handled storm damages to a critical datacenter. Furthermore, site security was found to be lacking.
According to the regulator, Telenet did not act with due diligence when securing a critica... Read more
Google loses appeal and will have to pay 150 million euro fine
A French appeals court upholds the fine levied by that country's privacy watchdog.
A French court of appeals upheld a 150 million euro fine levied against Alphabet's Google for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, according to a report in Reuters.
France's antitrust watchdog,... Read more
Bank of Ireland fined €24.5 million over regulatory breaches
Bank of Ireland has been fined by the Central Bank for regulatory breaches related to its IT systems and relevant internal control. The fine is to the tune of €24.5 million and came after the regulator found that Bank of Ireland failed to have a robust framework in place to ensure continuity of s... Read more
New European laws demand transparency for political ads
To prevent political ads from undermining elections, the European Union announced a new law that will create more transparency around the ads. In a press release, the bloc said that the law aims to protect elections integrity and open democratic debate.
The requirement now is that political ads ... Read more
Apple fined 10 million euros over false waterproofing claims
The Italian antitrust watchdog has imposed a fine of 10 million euros for misleading consumers. It would not have been fair about the degree of waterproofing in several iPhones.
According to the watchdog, Apple falsely claimed that the phones are waterproof to a depth of four metres. Apple appar... Read more
‘Number of data breach fines will increase in the coming years’
The number and value of fines that companies have to pay for mishandling user data will increase in the coming years, according to a new report by DSA Connect.
DSA Connect, a company that sells data management services, has polled a thousand employees and more than a third (37 percent) expect bo... Read more
EU investigates Qualcomm for forcing chips on smartphone makers
The umpteenth investigation into choices made by Qualcomm has been announced. Whereas in recent years it has already had to pay billions because of anti-competitive behaviour on the chip market, it is now the European Union that is investigating the issue of a new series of chips. The special radio... Read more
Apple and Broadcom to pay billion dollar fine for patent infringement
A bummer for Apple, and indirectly for Broadcom. The two tech giants together have to cough up 1.1 billion dollars (about 994 million euros) for violating multiple patents from the California Institute of Technology.
Caltech started a case against Apple in 2016 after it believed that unauthorise... Read more
Google is fined 150 million euros for obstructing competition
The investigation of Google by the French competition authorities revealed that the rules on the Google Ads platform were 'opaque and difficult to understand' and, moreover, that they were enforced 'unfairly and arbitrarily'. A fine of 150 million euros has therefore been imposed on the tech giant.... Read more