Ireland’s Data Protection Commission fined Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, €390 million. The reason was a violation of data privacy.

The company received two fines at once: one in the amount of 210 million euros for violation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) against a Facebook user from Austria, and the second for 180 million euros due to violations against an Instagram user from Belgium.

Both complaints were filed on May 25, 2018. It was on that day that the GDPR came into force. Users complained that, after the EU data protection regulation came into force, Meta actually forced users to agree to the transfer of their personal data. Only under this condition could they continue to use the social network.

The Irish regulator found that Meta was not entitled to be guided by a “contractual” legal basis for advertising based on users’ activities on Facebook and Instagram.

Earlier, the Irish Data Protection Commission fined the social network Instagram €405 million.