DublinIreland’s data privacy controller has consented to require a record fine of 405 million euros ($402 million) against social media network Instagram following an investigation concerning its treatment of children’s data, as indicated by a representative for the guard dog.
Instagram plans to appeal against the fine, a spokesperson for its parent company, Meta, said in an emailed statement.
The investigation, which started in 2020, focused on child users between the ages of 13 and 17 who were allowed to operate business accounts, which facilitated the publication of the user’s phone number and/or email address.
As per Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, the lead controller of Instagram and Facebook’s (FB) parent organization, they have taken on their ultimate decision and it contains a fine of 405 Million Euro,” said the spokesperson for Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, the lead controller of Instagram and Facebook’s (FB) parent organization.
He said, all relevant information of the decision will be published one week from now.
Instagram updated its settings a year ago and has since released new features to keep children safe and their data hidden, the Meta spokesperson said.
According to the spokesperson, Instagram contradicts how the fine was determined and is cautiously auditing the decision.
The DPC regulates Facebook, Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOGL) and other technology giants due to the location of their EU headquarters in Ireland. It has opened over a dozen investigations into Meta companies, including Facebook and WhatsApp.
WhatsApp was last year fined a record 225 million euros for failing to adjust with EU data rules in 2018.
The Irish regulator completed a draft ruling in the Instagram investigation in December and shared it with other European Union regulators under the bloc’s “one stop shop” system of regulating large multinationals.