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Ireland: Record fine against Instagram for processing data of minors

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05.09.2022 at 6:57 PM

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Irish regulators have fined Instagram 405 million euros following an investigation into the social network’s processing of minors’ data, a spokesperson said on Monday. /Archival Illustration/REUTERS/Dado Ruvic


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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s regulator has fined Instagram 405 million euros following an investigation into the social network’s handling of minors’ information, a spokesman said on Monday.

“We made the final decision last Friday, which effectively imposes a €405 million fine,” said a spokesman for Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, the lead regulator for Instagram’s parent company. , Meta Platforms Inc.

The Irish Data Protection Authority launched an investigation in 2020 following a study by an American scientist on the Instagram profiles of 200,000 people.

David Stier pointedly pointed out that minors using the network have the possibility of turning their personal account into a professional account, which includes making their contact details (telephone number, email address) public.

(Written by Connor Humphreys, French version by Augustin Turpin, edited by Sophie Louet)

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