Monster fine of 405 million euros for Instagram for insufficient security of data of minors

Monster fine of 405 million euros for Instagram for insufficient security of data of minors
Monster fine of 405 million euros for Instagram for insufficient security of data of minors

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) oversees Facebook on behalf of the EU, as the company has its regional headquarters in Ireland. The regulator had opened an investigation at the end of 2020 to determine whether the application had put in place the necessary safeguards to protect user data, especially if the users are minors. Users must be at least 13 years old to open an account on Instagram.

The DPC was particularly concerned that users under the age of 18 could transition too easily to a professional account. This type of account requires users to make their contact details public, meaning they are visible to everyone on the social network. The regulator also accused Instagram that by default the content of the accounts of minors was open to all users at certain times and was not limited to only approved subscribers.

A spokesperson for Meta told RTE media that the group planned to appeal, noting that the investigation had looked at institutions that had changed in the past year.

The article is in Dutch

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