The GDPR has signified the importance and value that online personal data holds and established strict criteria for data collection and processing. Failure to comply can cost companies dearly.
The investigation had three major components: transparency in the context of non-users; transparency in the context of users; and transparency in the context of sharing of user personal data between WhatsApp and its sister companies.
In their complaint, SOMI brings out major infringements against the platform: the use and the lack of any appropriate safeguards for minors; the unlawful processing of personal data; the platform having no adequate technical and organisational measures to protect personal data; and the unlawful sharing of personal data.
Two interesting data protection developments were concluded on the first week of October, with the Court clarifying elements of the Commission investigation procedure into anticompetitive activities and a hefty fine for a H&M subsidiary for data collection
Written question submitted by liberal MEP raises questions about practical enforcement of the Regulation
Typical to recent data privacy violation fines, some hail it as a step forward, while others see it as too lenient