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Irish Data Protection Commission slaps 36 million euro fine on Facebook over privacy

The DPC will now share the preliminary ruling with all concerned EU supervisory authorities and consider their views before making a final verdict

In another setback to the global technology major Facebook, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has slapped a 36 million euro fine on the company following a probe in one of more than a dozen probes it has opened against the giant.

According to a draft decision published by the complainant, under European Union 2018 data protection rules, the DPC will now share the preliminary ruling with all concerned EU supervisory authorities and consider their views before making a final verdict.

The Irish commission is the lead regulator of Facebook and many other of the world’s largest technology company’s under the bloc’s ‘One Stop Shop’ data regime, due to the location of their EU headquarters in Ireland.

The complaint, lodged by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, concerned the lawfulness of Facebook’s processing of personal data, specifically around its terms of service.

The DPC proposed a fine of 28 million to 36 million euros for Facebook’s failure to provide sufficient information, according to the draft decision, published by Schrems’ digital rights group NOYB.

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