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Instagram fined 405 million euros

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Instagram was fined 405 million euros for violating children’s privacy.

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland fined Instagram, the social media platform owned by US tech company Meta, in the amount of € 405 million for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) .

Allegations of “violation of children’s privacy”

Allegedly, Instagram is violating children’s privacy, including by posting children’s email addresses and phone numbers.

In a statement released by a spokesperson for the Irish Data Protection Commission, “We made our final decision last Friday and that includes a € 405 million fine.” it has been said.

The investigation started in September 2020

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) launched an investigation on the social media platform Instagram in September 2020 into how it handled the account details of young minors.

The investigation by the Irish authorities focused on how Instagram stores personal information of users aged 13-17, including email addresses and telephone numbers.

The investigation also revealed that Instagram’s user registration system, account privacy settings “special” child account by default, unless set to “general” He also looked into whether this involved setting up the

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“We disagree with this fine and are thinking of appealing it”

According to the İHA news, a spokesperson for Instagram’s parent company Meta said in a statement, “This survey focused on the old settings that we updated a year ago, and we’ve since released many new features to help keep teens safe and their information private. Anyone under the age of 18 when they sign up for Instagram, the his account is automatically set to private, so they only know what they are sharing. “Although we have been in contact with DPC during their investigation, we disagree with this fine and are considering an appeal.” used phrases

More details on the investigation will be released next week.

The second largest sanction in the EU

The sanction was the second largest imposed under the strict confidentiality rules of the European Union (EU). Previously, the Data Protection Commission in Luxembourg fined the company Amazon for 746 million euros.

WhatsApp has sanctioned 225 million euros

On the other hand, the Data Protection Commission in Ireland has conducted another investigation into other social media companies owned by Meta.

Last year WhatsApp was fined 225 million euros for violating the transparency rules on sharing people’s data with other Meta companies. The Meta company has Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Whatsapp.

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