Personal data: record fine of $530 million for Instagram in Europe
European data protection regulations are more stringent than in North America.
The social network Instagram, a subsidiary of the Meta group, the parent company of Facebook, has suffered a #x27;a record fine of 405 million euros (nearly $530 million) for failures to process the data of minors, the Irish regulator, which acts on behalf of the European Union, announced on Monday (EU).
We made our final decision last Friday, and it includes a fine of 405 million euros. Details will be released next week, a representative of the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) told AFP.
This decision is the most severe to be imposed by this authority since 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gave more power to regulatory bodies to protect consumers in the context of the dominance of Facebook, from Google, Apple and Twitter.
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), equivalent to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, is responsible for the supervision on behalf of the EU Facebook, since the latter 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 the data of users, especially minors, while it was must be at least 13 years old to open an account on Instagram.
The DPC was particularly concerned that Internet users under the age of 18 were too easily able to switch to a professional account. This type of account requires users to make their contact information public, which means that it is visible to everyone on the social network.
The regulator also blamed Instagram that the content of minors' accounts has been opened by default, at certain times, to all other people using the application, and not restricted to only approved subscribers.
A spokesperson for Meta told Irish public broadcaster RTE that the group intended to appeal, noting that the investigation had looked into settings changed over the past year.