Meta fined €265M by Ireland’s DPC

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) just announced it is fining Meta €265 million (US $276 million) for GDPR non-compliance due to data scraping. This brings Meta’s 2022 total fines from the DPC to almost €700 million. The DPC oversees the company because it is headquartered in Ireland. And, reports are that more Meta fines may be announced there soon. This fine was for a 2021 breach that affected more than a half million records and resulted in personal data surfacing on a public forum and circulating widely on the web.

More News

Next Article

Yahoo Buys 24.99% Stake in Taboola

November 29, 2022

Yahoo somehow feels they can predict the future well enough to sign thirty-year deal for Taboola to power Yahoo’s native content and ad targeting.  Yahoo will buy just under 25% of the company as part of the transaction.  Perspective: it’s one year since Yahoo was purchased by private equity investors; it’s two years since Taboola failed to consummate a planned merger with Outbrain; thirty years ago, neither firm existed.

CDPI Newsletter
Previous Article

Major E-tax services are reportedly providing Meta financial profile data

November 29, 2022

The MarkUp and The Verge allege that H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, and Ramsey Solutions have shared sensitive personal and financial user data with Meta via Meta Pixel, a JavaScript code snippet embedded in websites. The exposed tax filer data includes income filing status, refund amounts, and college scholarship amounts, in addition to more basic identifying information. And, while the number of people affected hasn’t been confirmed, it is estimated in the tens of millions. Why? Apparently, the data is useful to feed Meta algorithms for ad targeting.

CDPI Privacy Newsletter
Featured Article

Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

CDPI Newsletter