The European Commission has fined Facebook 110m euros (£95m) due to their misleading information when they purchased WhatsApp in 2014.
When purchasing the messenger app, Facebook had said that it could not automatically match user accounts on both the platforms. However, last year they launched a service that matched accounts.
Facebook deny that they purposefully hid this information.
In a statement, the Commission said: “The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility.”
In a statement, Facebook said: “We’ve acted in good faith since our very first interactions with the Commission and we’ve sought to provide accurate information at every turn.
“The errors we made in our 2014 filings were not intentional and the Commission has confirmed that they did not impact the outcome of the merger review. Today’s announcement brings this matter to a close.”
Facebook continues to be in hot water with EU after it was fined 150,000 euros by the French Authorities this week due to it questionable data sharing and user tracking.
In addition, Italian anti-trust regulators fined WhatsApp 3m-euro last week for making users agree to share personal data with Facebook.
As businesses find new ways of collecting data, authorities are slowly fighting back to protect people’s personal data. In addition, this sends a message to companies that they need to be clearer with merger and acquisitions.
Originally published on Defence.Digital.