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Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp has been ordered to pay a fine of 225 million euros ($266 million) for failing to be transparent about how it handles personal information, and this is the first fine imposed against the app under the enhanced data protection law. in the European Union.

The Irish Data Protection Commission – the main privacy watchdog in Europe’s Silicon Valley – said it had found violations in the way WhatsApp explained how it handles user and non-user data, as well as how it shares data with other Facebook companies.

The fine comes weeks after Amazon was fined €746m in Luxembourg, where it has its European base, for processing personal data in violation of EU General Data Protection regulations.