Instagram receives record fine of $400M for abuse of children’s data


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Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the lead regulator in Europe for Meta and other tech giants, has slapped Instagram with a fine of €405M—roughly equivalent to $402M—following an investigation on how the company handled children’s data. 

In the investigation that started in 2020, the DPC found Instagram had allowed children between the ages of 13 and 17 to operate business accounts. That meant their phone numbers and email addresses were made public, which is a clear violation of their privacy.

The DPC also found that some Instagram accounts owned by children were set as “public” by default, instead of “private.”

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