Ireland Data Protection Commission Fines WhatsApp Ireland $266 Million for GDPR Transparency Violations

On September 2, 2021, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) announced that it would fine WhatsApp Ireland (“WhatsApp”) €225 million ($266 million) for its failure to meet the General Data Protection Regulation’s (“GDPR”) transparency requirements as set forth in Articles 12-14. The investigation of WhatsApp began after the DPC received complaints from individuals regarding WhatsApp’s data processing activities and a mutual assistance request from the German Federal Data Protection Authority about WhatsApp’s compliance with EU data protection law. The investigation focused on whether WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, complied with its transparency obligations under Articles 12-14 of the GDPR, particularly regarding the sharing and processing of…

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GDPR Identity Verification

Loose Identity Verification Puts You at Risk for Fraud

Subject Access Requests (SARs) under the GDPR Now is the time to tighten up your identity verification methods. Without tight verification methods, you open yourself up to GDPR regulators and you put your customers at risk of being a victim of fraud. Individuals Can Request Access to Their Personal Data Article 15 of the GDPR gives individuals a “right of access” to their personal data, under which they can request specifics about the personal data a business holds about them, or the organization’s purpose for processing the data, the categories of personal data held, who has access to the data, whether or not it will be transferred outside of…

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Poland Imposes Fines for Web-Scraping of Personal Data When Notification to Individuals Did Not Occur

Poland’s data protection agency issued its first fine under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), imposing a 220,000 euro fine to Bisnode, a European digital marketing company headquartered in Sweden. The Poland Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) determined that the company had failed to inform individuals that it was processing their data after scraping that data from websites. Notification is required under Article 14. In addition to the fine, UODO required Bisnode to contact the nearly six million people it had not already contacted as required by the GDPR and gave the company three months to comply with the order. Article 14 obligates data controllers to inform…

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