WhatsApp Has Been Issued Second-largest GDPR Fine Of €225m ($267 million)
It is the largest fine ever from the Irish Data Protection Commission, and the second-highest under EU GDPR rules.
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has its EU headquarters is in Ireland, and the Irish regulator is the lead authority for the tech giant in Europe.
WhatsApp said it disagrees with the decision, and the severity of the fine, and plans to appeal.
This is related to an investigation which started in 2018, about whether WhatsApp had been transparent enough about how it handles data.
"WhatsApp is committed to providing a secure and private service," a company spokesperson said.
"We have worked to ensure the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so. We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are entirely disproportionate."
Since, WhatsApp has planned to appeal, we will see many years before any amount(fine) is actually paid.