Investigations underway against tech giants for violating privacy laws

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as... read more
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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is currently investigating Facebook, Twitter, Apple and LinkedIn as these companies reportedly violated the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The regulatory authority published a report last week to reveal the news.

Almost 30 million people were affected as a result of an attack in September that was resulted due to a vulnerability in Facebook’s “View As” feature.

Furthermore, nearly seven million photos were leaked to third-party apps without the user’s consent as a result of a software glitch. The bug was acknowledged by the company in the month of December.

The breach that was done in the month of December resulted in the three GDPR violations. The report reveals that violations were reported to the DPC by Facebook itself.

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Tech companies still struggling to comply with GDPR

Surprisingly, WhatsApp is a popular social messaging app, that is considered to be the most secure platform is also facing two probes. The first one is related to how the company handles the privacy of the user while the other is related to how the information is being shared to its parent company Facebook.

Furthermore, Microsoft’s owned networking platform LinkedIn is also facing one probe. Moreover, Apple and Twitter are currently under two probes.

The investigations started against Twitter right after the company reported a significant number of data breaches. The authorities are also investigating the fact that how much the company allows the users to access their data.

LinkedIn is accused of launching targeted ads by profiling its users. Transparency issues were the reason behind investigation against Apple. While it is not yet clear how much Apple has control over the user’s data, the company has been advised to maintain high transparency standards in the future.

As most of the big names in the tech industry are currently under scrutiny for the violation of GDPR, we can say that none of them is trustable any more just like Facebook.

Those users who are currently using Apple, Linked-in, Microsoft, and Twitter should also be more careful in the future.


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