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WhatsApp Fined $267M Under EU Data Protection Rules  

The European Union’s leading privacy watchdog has fined WhatsApp €225 million (about $267 million) for running afoul of Europe’s data protection rule framework. So reports TechCrunch.

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WhatsApp, which plans to appeal, said in a statement, “We disagree with the decision today regarding the transparency we provided to people in 2018 and the penalties are entirely disproportionate.”

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