𝔽𝕣𝕒𝕦𝕕 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕄𝕖𝕥𝕒 𝕡𝕒𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕟𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕪 𝟙.𝟚 𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕖𝕦𝕣𝕠 𝕗𝕚𝕟𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔽𝕒𝕔𝕖𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒𝕤 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕦𝕝𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝔼𝔻ℙ𝔹 𝕓𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕕𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟

Following the EDPB’s binding dispute resolution decision of 13 April 2023, Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Meta IE) was issued a 1.2 billion euro fine following an inquiry into its Facebook service, by the Irish Data Protection Authority (IE DPA). This fine, which is the largest GDPR fine ever, was imposed for Meta’s transfers of personal data to the U.S. on the basis of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) since 16 July 2020. Furthermore, Meta has been ordered to bring its data transfers into compliance with the GDPR.

Andrea Jelinek, EDPB Chair, said: “The EDPB found that Meta IE’s infringement is very serious since it concerns transfers that are systematic, repetitive and continuous. Facebook has millions of users in Europe, so the volume of personal data transferred is massive. The unprecedented fine is a strong signal to organisations that serious infringements have far-reaching consequences.”

In its binding decision of 13 April 2023, the EDPB instructed the IE DPA to amend its draft decision and to impose a fine on Meta IE. Given the seriousness of the infringement, the EDPB found that the starting point for calculation of the fine should be between 20% and 100% of the applicable legal maximum. The EDPB also instructed the IE DPA to order Meta IE to bring processing operations into compliance with Chapter V GDPR, by ceasing the unlawful processing, including storage, in the U.S. of personal data of European users transferred in violation of the GDPR, within 6 months after notification of the IE SA’s final decision.

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