Hefty fine for Meta – November 2022

Hefty fine for Meta

The end of November brought Meta a fine of 265 million euro by the Irish Data Protection Commission, the tech giant’s lead regulator for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding up to 1 billion EUR in fines relating to breaching the GDPR over the last 3 months.

The fine came as a result of over 500 million users’ data being published online following a cyber attack incident last year, when significant amounts of data collected between 2018 and 2019 were stolen.

In addition to the fine, Meta was required to “bring its processing into compliance by taking a range of specified remedial actions within a particular timeframe”.

The company has since issued a statement saying that they are making changes to their system and that data scraping is „unacceptable and against our rules”.

As a brief reminder, a large fine for Meta was also issued in September 2022 for allowing teenagers to set up Instagram accounts that displayed their phone numbers and personal data (405m EUR), following a 225m EUR fine in September 2021 over severe infringments of GDPR.


Written by: Briana Huști