The committee, acting on behalf of the European Union, said the European Data Protection Board had ordered it to levy an “administrative fine of 1.2 billion euros”, and Meta said it would appeal the decision.
The Irish Data Protection Commission is investigating the transfer of personal data by Irish company Meta from the European Union to the United States since 2020.
It found that META, with European headquarters in Dublin, failed to “address the risks to the fundamental rights and freedoms of data subjects” which had been identified in an earlier decision by the European Court of Justice. European Union.
In response, Meta said it was “disappointed” and called the decision “flawed, unwarranted and sets a dangerous precedent for countless other companies.”
“We intend to appeal both the merits and the decision, including the fine, and will seek a court order to stop the execution deadlines,” wrote Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for META, and its legal director, Jennifer Newsted.
“There is no immediate disruption to Facebook in Europe,” they added.
Initially, the Irish Data Protection Commission wanted to force Meta to suspend unlawful data transfers, saying a fine “would go beyond the scope of powers which can be described as appropriate, proportionate and necessary”, but their counterparts of the EU disagreed.
“The four competent supervisory authorities are of the opinion that Meta Ireland should be subject to an administrative fine,” said the Irish Commission.
But with no hope of reaching a consensus, the Irish commission referred the objections to the European Data Protection Board, which ordered Meta Ireland to suspend future transfers of personal data to the United States and pay a fine.
But Meta said the DPA’s contradictory decision with the Irish commission “raises serious questions” and added: “No country has done more to align with EU regulations through its recent reforms, while the data transfer continues unhindered to Europe”, largely to countries like China. .
EU regulators fined Meta hundreds of millions of euros for data breaches by Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.
This is the third fine imposed on Meta so far this year in the European Union, and the fourth in six months.
In 2021, Amazon was fined €746 million in Luxembourg for violating EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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