Instagram Was Penalized $400 Million for Using Child Data: Reasons Why!

Instagram Was Penalized $400 Million for Using Child Data: Reasons Why!

Following an examination into how Instagram handled the data of youngsters, DublinIreland’s data protection authority has decided to impose a record fine of 405 million euros ($402 million) against the social network.

A representative for Instagram’s parent company, Meta, said in an email statement that Instagram plans to challenge the penalties.

The probe, which got off in 2020, concentrated on young users between the ages of 13 and 17 who were given permission to use business accounts, which made it easier to disclose the user’s phone number and/or email address.

The spokeswoman for Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, the primary supervisor of Instagram and Facebook’s (FB) parent business, said, “We adopted our final judgment last Friday and it does comprise a fine of 405 million euros.”

The decision’s full details will be made public the following week, he promised.
According to the Meta spokeswoman, Instagram revised its settings over a year ago and has since added new protections to keep teenagers secure and their information private.

Instagram Was Penalized $400 Million for Using Child Data: Reasons Why!

According to the spokesman, Instagram questions the methodology used to determine the fine and is carefully considering the outcome.

Due to the fact that their EU headquarters are in Ireland, the DPC regulates Facebook, Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOGL), and other tech goliaths. It has started more than a dozen inquiries into Meta firms, like Facebook and WhatsApp.

Due to its failure to abide by EU data protection laws in 2018, WhatsApp was hit with a record-breaking fine of 225 million euros.

In December, the Irish regulator finished a draught decision in the Instagram inquiry and shared it with other EU authorities as part of the bloc’s “one-stop shop” mechanism for policing big corporations.


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