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Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined Twitter €450,000 after ruling a bug in the firm's Android app that allowed users' private messages to be publicly viewed infringed the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The fine is a first levied by the Irish government against one of the so-called Big Tech outfits since the European regulations were introduced in May 2018. The Emerald Isle is notoriously tech-friendly on the tax and regulation front and the new fine is unlikely to cause the micro-blogging platform sleepless nights. "The DPC's investigation commenced in January, 2019 following receipt of a breach notification from Twitter and the DPC has found that Twitter infringed Article 33(1) and 33(5) of the GDPR in terms of a failure to notify the breach on time to the DPC and a failure to adequately document the breach. The DPC has imposed an administrative fine of €450,000 on Twitter as an effective, proportionate and dissuasive measure" the DPC said.
 
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