Confirming the rumors of the last few days, the European Union announced that it is considering a 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) fine against Meta (the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp).

The heavy penalty is considered a new record in Europe. This penalty is the result of mismanagement of user data by Meta. Meta has five months to stop the transfer of European users’ data to American servers.

The European Union imposed a 746 million euro fine on Amazon in 2021, which was the heaviest privacy fine until the Meta fine became public.

Meta in a statement that for Reuters It says it will file an appeal. Meta believes that the European Union has considered an “unjustified and unnecessary fine” and for this reason, he is seeking to suspend the sentence through the court.

The debate over the storage location of Facebook users’ data began a decade ago; When an Austrian person opened a case against this social network in court. At the time, it was claimed that the US could see the private data of European users.

Meta said last month that it expects to ensure the secure transmission of data from European users to the US with a new system. The company had previously warned that preventing the transfer of data would stop Facebook from serving in Europe.

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