Ireland Fines Facebook $274M Over Data Breach

  • Ireland’s privacy authority Monday announced it was imposing a €265 million fine ($274 million) and other corrective measures on Meta for failing to properly protect its data.
  • The fine is for a data breach discovered in 2021. Personal data of EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, and dozens of EU officials were included in a leak of the 533 million records.
  • The Irish Data Protection Commission — which oversees Meta because its European headquarters is there — argued the U.S. tech giant failed to comply with the General Data Protection’s obligation to ensure privacy.