Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Meta a total of €390 million ($414 million) for its method of getting users to consent to targeted ad campaigns. The first fine relates to its subsidiary Facebook, which amounts to €210 million ($225 million), and the second relates to Instagram, for €180 million ($191 million). The complaint was initially filed in May 2018 in relation to the usage of terms of service to force user consent for targeted ads.
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The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Meta €265 million ($277 million) for GDPR violations that affected over 533 million users. The DPC inquiry began in April 2021, but Meta claims web scrapers harvested data in 2018 and 2019. The sensitive information includes mobile phone numbers, genders, locations, relationship statuses, occupations, dates of birth, names, and email addresses. Cybercriminals have shared the information on hacking forums.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has created an issue between Germany and Microsoft because the latter is allegedly violating GDPR rules. This article will cover what these violations are, how the GDPR and CLOUD Act relate to these violations, and how they clash over some issues. I’ll also go over some potential workarounds you can apply to this problem in the meantime.