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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 …

  1. Woodnag

    The fine could hardly be smaller

    I doubt Twitter even care. Ireland's DPC showing their gums, not their teeth.

    1. big_D Silver badge

      Re: The fine could hardly be smaller

      There is usually leniancy in such situations, where the company cooperates with the authorities and shows contrition.

      A few large fines in Germany have been reduced, because the companies involved worked closely with the registrars to ensure exposure was minimized and to take remedial action, so that such an event couldn't occur again.

  2. chivo243 Silver badge

    Just a formality?

    What would happen if the watchdog didn't issue a required fine?

    1. Keven E

      Re: Jelly of the month

      There'd be no x-mass bonuses this year!

  3. doublelayer Silver badge

    How impressive

    So, the story is that Twitter had a bug which was clearly not intended and affected a subset of their users, failed to report in time, and got a fine so small they've already forgotten about it. Meanwhile, other companies do deliberate things which impact all of the customers, don't hide it, and get no consequences. Why would any company be worried about this? If this is the size of fines being handed out, they have nothing to worry about. If this is the only kind of investigation that gets done, one which can be completed by a simple program*, they have nothing to worry about. Any Irish out there who can petition their government to make their data protection office do more things?

    * if ((reportTime-report.discoveredTime).days >= 3*mercyRatio) {; }

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: How impressive

      The same government that gives huge tax breaks to the same tech companies?

      Good luck with that.

      1. nonsequitur

        Re: How impressive

        That assertion been proven incorrect so many times (in courts of law) that if I were dead already, you'd bore me back to death.

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge

      Re: How impressive

      Meanwhile, other companies do deliberate things

      and Tw[a,i]tter too, as far as I am aware... [but yes this _IS_ the sad part]

      I guess that fine was the equivalent of having one's birthday taken away.

  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    Twitter fined in Ireland

    Twitter accountants discover crafty new tax dodge in Ireland

    Quid pro quo

    Or in the local dialect: To be sure, to be sure

  5. Graham Cunningham

    after being fined

    I see that being fined was a first, but what first did they score "after being fined"?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    fined €450,000

    did they miss a zero, or two, at the end? No. Yeah, reduce the fine to 45K, or even 4.5K, what difference does it make anyway?

  7. Aussie Doc


    " an effective, proportionate and dissuasive measure..."

    Gave me a giggle but, what???

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