The Irish regulator has fined Meta (formerly Facebook) €265 million after the data of more than half a billion users was exposed on a hacked website.
This is reported by the AFP agency .
The commission found that Meta violated two articles of EU data protection legislation.
Meta’s European operations, like a number of other tech giants such as Google and Apple, are based in Dublin. The Irish regulator is therefore the lead body responsible for holding these companies accountable.
In addition to the fine, the commission said it “issued a reprimand and an order” requiring Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg to “bring its data processing into compliance (with the law) by taking a series of corrective actions within a specified period of time.”
The Irish regulator launched its investigation in April 2021 to determine whether there had been a breach of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in terms of data security and relevant Irish legislation. Thanks to GDPR, which came into force in 2018, social media users have gained more rights to manage their own digital data.
Facebook previously said that data from the platform was stolen by hackers in 2019 who used a feature to find friends using contact lists.