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Meta Fined 275M for Facebook Data Scraping Incident by GDPR

The Data Protection Commission conducted an inquiry in Meta Platform Ireland after a data collection surfaced in April of 2022. This data collection revealed what appeared to be personal data scrapped from Meta Platforms( Facebook/ Instagram) by an actor. The scope of the engagement aimed to shed light on how Meta currently ensures data protection within development projects that align with GDPR requirements. The fine was subjected upon Meta as a failure to implement Data Protection By Design (Article 25 GDPR

Data protection by design and by default 1,2) in Facebook Search, Facebook Messenger Contact Importer, and Instagram Contact Importer tools about Meta Platforms Ireland Limited. This guidance also mandates for corrective measures be implemented to remediate incidents before they happen.

Article 25 GDPR. Data protection by design and by default:

1. Taking into account the state of the art, the cost of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risks of varying likelihood and severity for rights and freedoms of natural persons posed by the processing, the controller shall, both at the time of the determination of the means for processing and at the time of the processing itself, implement appropriate technical and organisational measures, such as pseudonymisation, which are designed to implement data-protection principles, such as data minimisation, in an effective manner and to integrate the necessary safeguards into the processing in order to meet the requirements of this Regulation and protect the rights of data subjects. 2. The controller shall implement appropriate technical and organisational measures for ensuring that, by default, only personal data which are necessary for each specific purpose of the processing are processed. That obligation applies to the amount of personal data collected, the extent of their processing, the period of their storage and their accessibility. In particular, such measures shall ensure that by default personal data are not made accessible without the individual’s intervention to an indefinite number of natural persons.


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