Analysis: Twitter fine lacks bite

The social media giant became the first big tech company to be fined by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner under GDPR but the penalty of just €450,000 will have little impact

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
15th December, 2020
Analysis: Twitter fine lacks bite
The maximum fines the DPC can issue are 4 per cent of global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater. Picture: Getty

Scale matters. A fine of €450,000 issued to me and, well, life isn’t looking so hot for the writer of his generation. For Twitter? It represents just one ten-thousandth of its revenues last year.

Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), issued a fine of that amount to the social networking giant in the first general data protection regulation (GDPR) fine issued to a big tech firm by her office. Considering the maximum...

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