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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

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The move from the Irish Data Protection Commission is the latest development in a long-standing political and legal struggle to reconcile American laws on consumer data with European laws, which are more protective of online privacy and security.

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The European Union issued a record $1.3 billion fine to Meta on Monday after finding Facebook's parent company broke the bloc's sweeping set of privacy laws by transferring user data from Europe to the United States — one of the most impactful penalties to come from the E.U. rules and one that could have broad implications on American businesses.

The Irish Data Protection Commission ordered Meta to suspend all transfers of personal data belonging to users in the E.U. and the European Economic Area — which includes non-E. U. countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway — to the United States.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said in a statement that Meta's data transfers were in breach of the E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), rules that restrict what companies can do with people's personal data. It is the largest GDPR fine handed down by the bloc, surpassing the previous record of $887 million against Amazon, a penalty issued in 2021 by a European privacy regulator that the firm said it would appeal.

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