WhatsApp challenges DPC’s €225 million fine
WhatsApp has issued legal proceedings aimed at setting aside the €225 million fine it was recently handed by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).
Commissioner Helen Dixon earlier this month imposed a record €225 million fine on the company for “severe” breaches of privacy laws. This was the largest penalty ever handed down by her office and the second-highest under the European Union’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) rules.
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, had said it intended to appeal the ruling, claiming the penalties were disproportionate. A case was initiated in the High Court on Wednesday. WhatsApp claims the DPC’s decision is unconstitutional and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).