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Regulators can fine companies up to 4% of their annual turnover for GDPR violations.

Irelands’ Data Protection Commission has launched 11 investigations against Facebook and its sister companies, WhatsApp and Instagram in the past year. DPC, which is the leading data watchdog in EU, has launched 19 statutory investigations against tech companies since GDPR came into force.

According to a BBC report, Microsoft and LinkedIn are also being investigated for data processing in Ireland. Tech companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter in Ireland are registered for personal data processing

A spokeswoman for Facebook said, “We are in close contact with the Irish Data Protection Office to ensure we are answering any questions they may have”. The Irish regulatory body is also probing ad-tech-companies like Quantcast, Criteo, and Oracle over the way they collect data to build detailed profiles of people.

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