In the age of likes, tweets, hashtags, snaps, and shares, the online privacy of users holds paramount importance. Social media giants like Facebook have always been accused of privacy concerns over the past few years. Recently, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has concluded inquiries into Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp over possible breaches of European Union (EU) data privacy rules.
Sources familiar with the matter said that Twitter may be the first social media giant to face a fine over European Union's lead regulator under the region’s stringent data protection regulations after it submitted an initial decision in a probe into the social media organization to other member states. The agency also had sent a preliminary decision to Facebook’s WhatsApp for their submissions and also made progress in three other investigations regarding Facebook.
The agency is investing Twitter for 2019 Android App bug, where few users’ safeguarded tweets were made public. The company is the subject of two of the twenty other inquiries the agency had opened into big technology companies at the end of 2019. The DPC refused to comment on the preliminary Twitter decision at this point.
On the other hand, Facebook has come under the most examinations, with eight individual probes, plus one into Instagram and two into WhatsApp.
According to sources, the agency has moved to the decision-making phase of this investigation and also had sent draft inquiry reports to the companies and complainants concerned in two more inquiries concerning WhatsApp and Instagram.
For the record, Ireland has a strong presence of the European headquarters of several American technology firms, making the agency the EU's main regulator. The agency has the power to impose fines of up to 4% of the company's total global revenue of USD 22 million, whichever is higher.