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.
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Facebook and Instagram remain available in Europe for now
Facebook and Instagram are staying online for the foreseeable future. The Irish Data Protection Authority (DPA) wants to tighten the reins on Meta, but not every member state supports its case.
Ireland's DPA proposed a ban on intercontinental data transfers from Meta in July, threatening to remo... Read more
‘Facebook and Instagram will likely be unavailable in Europe’
The Irish privacy authority wants to ban data transfers between Meta and the United States. The bill can be implemented in a few months. There's a chance that Instagram and Facebook will no longer be available to European users.
The Irish privacy authority shared the proposal in a letter to all ... Read more
Irish regulator may stop Facebook, Instagram Trans-Atlantic data flows this May
In an interview, Ireland's data privacy authority indicated that EU-US data transfers by Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram might be blocked as soon as May. Still, the decision would not immediately affect other large tech companies.
Due to fears that U.S. government monitoring may not respect E.... Read more
Two EU ministers say they’ll be just fine without Facebook
Two ministers from Germany and France say that Meta's withdrawal from the European market will suit them just fine.
The threat by Meta Platforms to quit Europe because of disputes over privacy rules met with aplomb by two top German and French politicians, according to a report in Bloomberg.
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Facebook might have to sell Instagram and WhatsApp
Several bodies of the US administration have started a lawsuit against Facebook. They feel that the company is thwarting competitors by simply buying them up when they grow too big.
The prosecutors consist of the Federal Trade Commission and 46 US states. They complain about the 'buy or bury' st... Read more
The antitrust lawsuit against Facebook could start this month
Politico recently reported that the long-awaited antitrust lawsuit from the United States Federal Trade Commission against Facebook could be here before the end of this November. The report, which came out on Friday, cites three people familiar with the matter and says that the FTC is considering h... Read more
Instagram is facing a lawsuit over illegal biometrics harvesting
A lawsuit, targeting the photo-sharing app Instagram, claims that Facebook has been illegally harvesting biometrics data of the app’s users. Last month, Facebook offered to pay $650 million to settle a lawsuit where the accusation was about illegal biometric data harvesting.
In the previous la... Read more
FTC reviews Facebook acquisitions in competition research
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Facebook acquisitions as part of a competition investigation. Meanwhile, the social medium has decided to make it clearer that it owns Instagram and WhatsApp, by adding its name.
The FTC wants to know whether the takeovers of Facebook were part ... Read more
Co-founder Facebook: ‘It’s time to break up the company’.
Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, pleads in a big opinion piece in The New York Times for a break-up of Facebook. According to Hughes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the company have too much power. "Mark's power is unprecedented and un-American."
Hughes makes it clear in the piece that he and Zuckerbe... Read more