Twitter and WhatsApp or face European sanctions over social platform privacy issues

Twitter and Facebook-owned WhatsApp have again been targeted in Europe, where it is likely to impose sanctions on US tech giants over data protection. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said it had a draft on May 22 in response to the Twitter data breach, calling on other EU countries to sign it and agree.

The Committee also stated that the draft decision had been completed in the investigation of transparency in whatsApp data sharing. Facebook services are required to comment on any proposed sanctions, which can then be easily evaluated by EU countries.

Twitter and WhatsApp or face European sanctions over social platform privacy issues

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, after which the Irish authorities stepped up their investigation but did not give a final decision. A number of major US technology companies have been targeted, including Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple, and the Irish Data Protection Commission is the main advocate of the investigation.

The General Data Protection Regulation allows regulators to impose fines of up to 4 per cent of annual revenue if serious corporate breaches are found. French regulators have previously issued Google with a 50m euro fine, the largest data protection fine to date.

The Irish Data Protection Commission also said progress had also been made in other cases, such as due diligence on Facebook’s local department, which wanted to know whether Facebook had established a legal basis for the processing of personal data.