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Facebook’s parent company Meta has been fined €390 million in Ireland

origin 1A woman walks past the headquarters of Facebook’s parent company Meta in Dublin. Facebook’s parent company Meta has been fined 390 million euros ($414 million) in Ireland for data protection breaches. Brian Lawless/PA Wire/dpa

Facebook’s parent company Meta has been fined 390 million euros ($414 million) in Ireland for data protection breaches.

The group has breached the EU’s general data protection regulation with its Facebook and Instagram platforms, Ireland’s data protection authority DPC announced on Wednesday.

Both cases concern personalized advertising and the way Meta collects and processes users’ personal data. Meta was fined 210 euros for the violation of Facebook and 180 million euros for that of Instagram.

Corresponding complaints from Belgium and Austria about the company’s methods were filed on the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect in 2018, when Meta was known as Facebook. Before that, the firm had changed its terms and conditions and their legal basis.

The Irish authority came to the conclusion that the company had exerted pressure on its users to accept certain conditions, otherwise the services would no longer be available to them. It also ordered Meta to change its data processing practices within three months.