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Europe Data Protection Digest | EDPB adopts Article 65 decisions against Meta, final Irish DPC fine to come and other updates Related reading: Data clean rooms bring perceived privacy gap

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  • The European Data Protection Board announced a trio of binding decisions against Meta under the EU General Data Protection Regulation's Article 65 dispute resolution mechanism. The rulings against Meta's Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will be sent to the company's lead supervisory authority, Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which will hand down final penalties within a month. 
  • The Wall Street Journal reports the leaked decisions on Meta's advertising practices rule against data collection for "contractual necessity" under the GDPR. A Meta spokesperson said it's "too early to speculate" on the decision and the company "will continue to engage" with the DPC until the finalized decisions are rendered. 
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union denied a challenge by Meta's WhatsApp over its 225 million euro fine issued by Ireland's Data Protection Commission in September 2021. WhatsApp filed for annulment of the European Data Protection Board decision that led to the DPC fine. The CJEU upheld the EDPB's role and authority to arrive at a collective decision under the GDPR's consistency mechanism while noting WhatsApp was not directly concerned by the board's decision.
  • Politico reports Ireland's DPC opened a probe into the potential exposure of more than 5 million EU and U.S. Twitter accounts. The DPC awaits a response to a letter seeking more information on the reported breach.
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