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The EU sanction will come on the heels of a 150,000-euro fine handed down by a French data watchdog to Facebook on Tuesday for failing to prevent its users’ data being accessed by advertisers
Italian antitrust authorities levied a 3-million-euro fine on WhatsApp last week for allegedly obliging users to agree to share their personal data with Facebook.
During regulatory scrutiny of the WhatsApp deal in 2014, Facebook told the EU competition enforcer it was unable reliably to match the two companies’ user accounts.
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBRUSSELS U.S. social network Facebook (FB.O) is set to be penalized by EU antitrust regulators for allegedly providing misleading data related to its WhatsApp acquisition three years ago, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
A 3D printed Whatsapp logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration taken April 28, 2016.
Facebook forfeit $122M in Europe over misleading WhatsApp filing
as mentioned in In the meantime, the company has confirmed to us that data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook remains suspended in Europe.
And European data protection agencies’ fast-flowing objections to the WhatsApp-Facebook data sharing quickly led to Facebook suspending these data flows in the region.
Facebook responded to the fine with its own statement — claiming it had made “errors” in 2014 when it made the filing to regulators.
And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook,” she added.
The European Commission said today that Facebook told it at that time that it could not automatically match user accounts between its own platform and WhatsApp — yet the company subsequently revealed it would be doing just that.