Meta seeks to overturn €405m Instagram fine

14/11/2022 | Irish Examiner

Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd is preparing to bring High Court proceedings against the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), Ireland and the Attorney General in order to have its record €405 million Instagram fine overturned. The fine comprises ten penalties relating to children's privacy violations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company claims that the DPC decision is a breach of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and is, therefore, invalid. Meta is seeking several High Court declarations, including that parts of the 2018 Data Protection Act are invalid under Ireland's Constitution, making them incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The company is asking for the hearing to be "heard otherwise than in public". Meta says that it also intends to apply to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for an annulment of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) decision, instructing the DPC to ensure the fines were "effective, proportionate and dissuasive". 

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