Twitter scores a first for big tech after being fined €450,000 by Ireland's data watchdog for violating the EU's GDPR

Twitter scores a first for big tech after being fined €450,000 by Ireland's data watchdog for violating the EU's GDPR

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Twitter €450,000 after ruling a bug in the firm's Android app that allowed users private messages to be publicly viewed infringed the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


The fine is a first levied by the Irish government against one of the so-called Big Tech outfits since the European regulations were introduced in May 2018. The Emerald Isle is notoriously tech-friendly on the tax and regulation front and the new fine is unlikely to cause the micro-blogging platform sleepless nights.


"The DPC’s investigation commenced in January, 2019 following receipt of a breach notification from Twitter and the DPC has found that Twitter infringed Article 33(1) and 33(5) of the GDPR in terms of a failure to notify the breach on time to the DPC and a failure to adequately document the breach. The DPC has imposed an administrative fine of €450,000 on Twitter as an effective, proportionate and dissuasive measure" the DPC said.


"The draft decision in this inquiry, having been submitted to other Concerned Supervisory Authorities under Article 60 of the GDPR in May of this year, was the first one to go through the Article 65 (“dispute resolution”) process since the introduction of the GDPR and was the first Draft Decision in a “big tech” case on which all EU supervisory authorities were consulted as Concerned Supervisory Authorities," it added.


Article 33(1) requires that notification of a breach be given "without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it." Article 3 ..