Whatsapp is handed record €225m fine from Data Protection Commission

The Facebook-owned messaging app has received the largest sanction yet from the Irish watchdog after violating privacy laws

Whatsapp said it would appeal the fine which it described as ‘entirely disproportionate’. Picture: Getty

Whatsapp has been hit with a €225 million fine from the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in the largest sanction handed out by the watchdog.

The Facebook-owned messaging app has also been given a reprimand and ordered to bring its processes under compliance in relation to a number of failings found by the DPC.

Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner, had initially proposed a fine of €50 million for violating privacy laws, but in July data ...