Dublin Instagram is to pay a record fine of 405 million euros in Ireland. The Irish Data Protection Authority announced on Monday that it was dealing with the data of children and young people. Underage users between the ages of 13 and 17 were allowed to operate business accounts on the photo and video platform, which allowed the publication of their phone number and / or email address.
Facebook Instagram is part of the Meta Platforms group, which also includes the Internet platform Facebook and the messenger service WhatsApp. Meta stated that they wanted to challenge the Irish decision. Instagram also changed its settings over a year ago and has since created new ways to keep teenagers’ data private. Ireland is responsible for the matter because Meta, as well as large US technology companies such as Apple and Google, have their headquarters there in the European Union.
Several other proceedings are ongoing in Ireland against Meta-daughters. Last year, WhatsApp was fined a record 225 million euros for failing to comply with EU data protection regulations. The Irish authorities will publish details of their Instagram decision next week.