Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has fined £405 million after an investigation into how it handled data from young people in the European Union.
Instagram has just received one of the highest fines under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. The Irish data protection agency has fined Instagram 405 million euros for handling the personal data of teenagers on his platform.
The fine, which is the second largest under the GDPR after the 886 million euro penalty imposed on Amazon last year, is the third imposed by the Irish regulator on a company owned by Meta. We note that the group has already had to pay a fine of 17 million euros at the beginning of the year for another violation of the European GDPR, and another fine of 60 million euros for its management of unbalanced advertising cookies.
Why does the regulator blame Instagram?
The Irish regulator launched an investigation into the program two years ago, due to publicly available phone numbers and email addresses from youth have professional accounts on the platform and the existence of default public accounts for children aged 13 to 17.
Until last summer, Instagram may have automatically shared children’s contact information if they ran a business or creator account, which allowed adults to communicate with themr. This exercise would be it affected millions of children in the European Unionbut no accurate figures were given.
Meta said in a statement that it updated the public default over a year ago, and that ” anyone under 18 automatically sets their account to private when they join Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post, and adults can’t send messages to teens they don’t follow. “. Meta would not they do not agree with how this fine was calculated and would intend to appeal.