Meta fined $274M under GDPR for data scraping breach

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Meta Platforms was fined 265 million euros (U.S. $274 million) for failing to put in place adequate measures to protect users’ data after a leak compromised the personal details of more than half a billion individuals.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC)—Meta’s European regulator—also reprimanded the company and imposed a range of corrective technical and organizational measures it must comply with within a three-month deadline.

In a decision adopted Nov. 25 and announced Monday, the data regulator said Meta infringed Article 25 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) over the way users’ details were “scraped” from public profiles from the date the EU’s privacy legislation went into effect on May 25, 2018, up until September 2019.

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